EPA to Renew Charter of Agriculture Advisory Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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.