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Be the voice of ag science!

Share expert insights that shape the future of USDA research and programs.

USDA is seeking membership applications for our National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board and for the Board’s four (4) committees and subcommittees.

We welcome a diverse mix of stakeholders from across the agricultural sector—including scientists, educators, producers, interest group advocates, and other industry experts. Learn more about these stakeholder categories.

The NAREEE Board (and its related committees/subcommittees) is a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA). FACAs consist of citizens from virtually every occupational group and industry in the U.S. They provide objective expertise and advice to the executive branch to inform policy and grantmaking. Learn more about Federal Advisory Committees.

As a NAREEE Board or committee/subcommittee member, you’ll contribute valuable professional insight that gives voice to your field and shapes USDA’s future research and science programming.

About the Advisory Board and its Committees/Subcommittees

Established in 1996, the NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics. We provide stakeholder input and science-backed information to better inform USDA’s program decisions. 

The Board has four (4)  committees and subcommittees under its umbrella. Each has its own membership that is separate from the Board membership:

Specialty Crop Committee (SCC)

SCC studies the scope and effectiveness of research, extension and economics programs affecting the specialty crop industry. It reports its research findings and makes recommendations for improving these programs, with the goal of making U.S. specialty crop production more efficient, productive and profitable.

Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS)

A subcommittee of the SCC, CDS provides recommendations to USDA on citrus research, extension and development needs. It collaborates and consults with USDA and other organizations to advise on research activities related to citrus disease.

National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC)

This subcommittee advises USDA on national policies for collecting, maintaining, and using genetic resources. This includes educating USDA on new and innovative approaches to conserving genetic resources, and advising on how to coordinate these resources with other organizations.

Pollinator Subcommittee

Expected to launch in early 2023, this subcommittee will evaluate current research on pollinator health and advise the NAREEE Board on national priorities, research needs and best possible science to inform pollinator-related policies and programs.

Board and Committee Vacancies Starting 2022

Based on this federal statute, USDA will appoint approximately 20 Advisory Board and committee/subcommittee members in 2022. Terms range from one to three years, and you may serve two terms for up to six years total. Board members must wait one year before reapplying to any committee/subcommittee.

NAREEE Advisory Board

The Advisory Board comprises 15 appointed members. We’re seeking five (5) new members from the following categories whose appointments are anticipated to start in early 2023:

  • One (1) Member of a National Farm or Producer Organization (Animal Producer)
  • Two (2) members from Academic or Research Societies
    • One member representing a Food Science Organization
    • One member representing a National Nutritional Science Society
  • Two (2) members from Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Institutions
    • One (1) member representing an American College of Veterinary Medicine
    • One (1) member representing a 1994 Tribal College/Institution (per the 1994 Equity in Education land-grant institution category)
Specialty Crop Committee (SCC)

SCC has nine (9) appointed members. We’re seeking three (3) new members from these categories whose appointments are anticipated to start in early 2023:

  • One  or two (1-2) members from academia
  • One  or two (1-2) members from the specialty crop industry
Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS)

CDS consists of 11 members, all of whom are domestic producers of citrus. We’re seeking four (4) new members from these categories whose appointments are anticipated to start in early 2023:

  • Two (2) producers who represent Arizona or California
  • Two (2) producers who represent Florida
National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC)

NGRAC comprises 13 appointed members. We’re seeking four (4) new members from these categories whose appointments are anticipated to start in early 2023:

  • Two (2) members from scientific disciplines relevant to the NGRP. See examples of relevant disciplines.
  • Two (2) members from public cultivar development and animal breed development
Pollinator Subcommittee

The Pollinator Subcommittee will have seven (7) total appointed members whose appointments are anticipated to start in early 2023.

  • Seven (7) members will be representative of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.

How to Apply

Whether you’re applying for a position on the NAREEE Board or one of the Board’s four (4) committees/subcommittees, the steps to apply are the same: 

  1. Compile your application package

    This electronic package must include:

    1. A completed membership application (Form AD-755)

      • Access the form at the link above.
      • Fill out the entire form. Enter “N/A” in any field that does not apply to you. Incomplete forms will nullify your application and consideration.
      • If you have “Dual Citizenship” please mark “Yes” on the application that you are a citizen and provide the passport information from the issuing country. You still must provide your social security number as well.  
    2. A summary of important accomplishments that qualify you to serve on the Board or the specific committee/subcommittee. Communicate these in five to seven bullets, in fewer than 125 words total.
    3. Your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Optional: 1–2 letters of recommendation addressed to the NAREEE Advisory Board Office are helpful, but not mandatory for consideration.

    NOTE: The Board office requests that your application package comprises no more than 25 pages, including the AD-755 Form. It should be formatted with normal margins and font sizes that are easily readable.

  2. Email your application

    Email your application package to Save all materials in one .pdf file using the naming convention: “Last Name_First Name_Name of Committee Application.” For example, if applying to the Advisory Board, use “Last Name_First Name_NAREEE Board Application.” If applying to SCC, use “Last Name_First Name_SCC Application,” and so on. Attach the .pdf file to the email.

    Please send all application packages to include letters of support in one file.  If you are applying for more than one committee, you must send another completed package (in one file) labeling the attachment properly with the committee name you are applying to.  

  3. Submit by the deadline

    Submit your application package by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, May 31, 2022 for the Pollinator Subcommittee
    • Friday, July 29, 2022 for the NAREEE Advisory Board, SCC, CDS and NGRAC.

Selection Timeline and Next Steps

The NAREEE Advisory Board Office will email you confirming receipt of your application. We’ll notify you of the final status of your application once the Secretary of Agriculture selects the new members.

Approximate decision dates (depending on Secretarial action):

  • Pollinator Subcommittee: January 2023
  • NAREEE Advisory Board/CDS/NGRAC/SCC: January 2023

If you have questions, contact us at or 202-380-5373.

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