EPA announced an invitation for nominations for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC). The FRRCC, a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, provides independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of environmental issues facing agriculture and rural community. The committee consists of representatives from academia, farm groups, food industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local and tribal governments.
EPA specifically encourages nominations from people actively engaged in farming or ranching. In addition, EPA requests the candidates possess the following:
- Extensive professional knowledge of agricultural issues and environmental policy;
- A demonstrated ability to examine and analyze complicated environmental issues with objectivity and integrity;
- Excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills;
- An ability and willingness to participate in a deliberative and collaborative process;
- Must be prepared to process a substantial amount of complex and technical information; and,
- Have the ability to volunteer approximately 10 to 15 hours per month to the Committee’s activities, including participation in teleconference meetings and preparation of text for Committee reports.
Applicants are encouraged to submit all nominations materials by March 15, 2012. For more details on the FRRCC and information on how to submit nominations, please visit the Federal Register notice from February 13 or contact Alicia Kaiser, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; telephone: (202) 564-7273.