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EPA to Renew Charter of Agriculture Advisory Committee

Release Date: 11/23/2009
Contact Information: Dave Ryan(News Media Only) Ryan.dave@epa.gov 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Reinforcing its commitment to a strong partnership with the agriculture community to protect human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will renew the charter of its independent agricultural advisory group, the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC).

“EPA is dedicated to an open and constructive working relationship with the agriculture community, and the FRRCC provides a great opportunity for EPA to create a better understanding of the intersection of the environment, agriculture, and rural communities,” said Lawrence Elworth, agricultural counselor to the administrator.

A Federal Register notice was published Nov. 6 soliciting applications for new members on the committee. EPA established the FRRCC in February 2008 as a policy-oriented committee to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the administrator on a broad range of environmental issues of primary importance to agriculture and rural communities.

The committee meets twice yearly, and consists of approximately
25 members representing academia, industry (e.g., farm groups and allied industries), non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. Once renewed, the committee’s charter will be effective for two years from the date it is filed with Congress.

More information about the FRRCC: http://www.epa.gov/ocem/frrcc/