Bringing Back a Biotech Board

USDA has reactivated the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century agriculture.

Published on: Jun 27, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointments to the reactivated Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture - or AC21. Appointees will initially serve one- or two-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to six consecutive years.

Vilsack says the advisory committee will " come together to continue investigating the challenges of coexistence among different forms of agricultural production." He adds that he hopes the committee will recommend workable solutions that will enhance the ability of all farmers to grow the crops they want in order to "effectively meet the needs of their consumer.

AC21 will include 22 members from 16 states and represent the biotech industry, organic food industry, farming communities, the seed industry, food manufacturers, state government, consumer and community development groups, the medical profession and academic researchers. The chair of AC21 will be Russell Redding, interim dean of agricultural and environmental sciences, Delaware Valley College, Aspers, Penn.

Here's the list of AC21 members:

Isaura Andaluz, Executive Director, Cuatro Puertas, Albuquerque, N.M.;
Paul C. Anderson, Executive Director, International Programs, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Mo.;
Laura L. Batcha, Chief of Policy and External Relations, Organic Trade Association, Putney, Vt.;
Charles M. Benbrook, Chief Scientist, The Organic Center, Enterprise, Ore.;
Barry R. Bushue, Farmer, Vice-President of the American Farm Bureau Federation and President of the Oregon Farm Bureau, Boring, Ore.;
Daryl D. Buss, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.;
Lynn E. Clarkson, Farmer and President, Clarkson Grain Company, Cerro Gordo, Ill.;
Leon C. Corzine, Farmer, Assumption, Ill.;
Michael S. Funk, Chairman, United Natural Foods, Inc., Nevada City, Calif.;
Douglas C. Goehring, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, Menoken, N.D.;
Melissa L. Hughes, Corporate Counsel and Director, Government Affairs, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley Family of Farms, Viroqua, Wis.;
Darrin Ihnen, Farmer and Chair, National Corn Growers Association, Hurley, S.D.;
Gregory A. Jaffe, Director, Biotechnology Project, Center for Science in the Public Interest, McLean, Va.;
David W. Johnson, Assistant Director of Research, Cal/West Seeds, La Crosse, Wis.;
Keith F. Kisling, Farmer and Chairman, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Burlington, Okla.;
Josephine O. (Josette) Lewis, Director, Agricultural Development, Arcadia Biosciences, Davis, Calif.;
Mary-Howell R. Martens, Farmer and Manager, Lakeview Organic Grain LLC, Penn Yan, N.Y.;
Marty D. Matlock, Professor of Ecological Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.;
Angela M. Olsen, Senior Advisor and Associate General Counsel, DuPont Company and Pioneer Hi-Bred, Arlington, Va.;
Jerome B. Slocum, Farmer and President, North Mississippi Grain Company, Coldwater, Miss.;
Latresia A. Wilson, Vice-President, Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Florida Chapter, farmer, and physician, Ocala, Fla.