EPA seeks nominations for Farm, Ranch, Rural advisory committee
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today that the EPA is soliciting applications for 20 to 30 nominees to serve on its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee.
“Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to EPA’s administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities,” EPA said in the announcement.
“To build a broad and balanced representation of perspectives for the FRRCC, members will be selected from a variety of relevant sectors,” the agency said.
“Members may represent allied industries and stakeholders including farm groups, rural suppliers, marketers, processors, academia/researchers; state, local, and tribal government; and nongovernmental organizations.
“In selecting committee members, EPA will consider qualifications such as: whether candidates are actively engaged in farming, hold leadership positions in ag-related organizations, possess a demonstrated ability to examine and analyze complicated environmental issues with objectivity and integrity, have experience working on issues where building consensus is necessary, and are able to volunteer several hours per month to the committee’s activities.”
The previous charter for the FRRCC was scheduled to expire and therefore was renewed in 2018; however, the committee currently has no members.
EPA is specifically seeking 20 to 30 members for two- to three-year terms, and the committee expects to meet approximately twice a year.
Applications must include a résumé or curriculum vitae and a statement of interest, and must be received by EPA by Dec. 31. Letters of support and recommendation will be accepted but are not mandatory.
Full details about qualifications and how to apply will be published in a Federal Register notice, which will be posted once available on the committee’s website.
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.