Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say they will renew the charter of its independent agricultural advisory group, the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. This action reinforces EPA's commitment to a strong partnership with the agriculture community to protect human health and the environment.
Lawrence Elworth, agricultural counselor to the administrator, says EPA is dedicated to an open and constructive working relationship with the agriculture community, and this partnership provides a great opportunity for EPA to create a better understanding of the intersection of the environment, agriculture, and rural communities.
EPA established the program 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.
While making the announcement, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said this program, furthers the Obama Administration's goal of promoting and encouraging America's young men and women to consider careers in agriculture and public service. Vilsack says under this partnership College-bound students benefit from an outstanding educational opportunity and USDA benefits from the knowledge, talent, diversity and skills that they will one day bring to our organization.