The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEEAB) provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. The NAREEEAB's main objective is to contribute to effective federal agricultural research, education and economics programs through broad stakeholder feedback and sound science in its ongoing role as advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Advisory Board also, by mandate, provides reports and recommendations to the appropriate agricultural committees of the U.S. Congress.
As of December 2020, the Board is made up of 15 members, each of which represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholders. Membership categories include representatives from: National Farm or Producer Organizations, Academic or Research Societies, Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education, and Industry, Consumer, or Rural Interests. Many members have diversified expertise and occupations and are well-respected leaders in their respective areas. More details on the membership of the NAREEE Advisory Board can be found on the Membership page.
The Board reflects the broad interests of food, fiber, and agricultural stakeholders nationwide, holds regional and national stakeholder listening sessions, provides consultation to granting programs of USDA, and develops consolidated advice based on stakeholder input that is vital to the current and future success of food, forestry, and agricultural programs.
The Board also has three statutorily established subcommittees which help further the work of the NAREEE Board. These include the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC), the Specialty Crop (SCC) Committee, and the Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS). Please visit the Subcommittee page for more information.