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Be the voice of ag science!

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

USDA seeks membership applications for our National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board and for the Board’s four (4) committees and subcommittees on a regular basis. The next application solicitation period will open from January - May 2025 (FY25) for Board and committee/subcommittee membership terms to begin in October 2025 (FY26).

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:

About the NAREEE Advisory Board

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The NAREEE Advisory Board advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics.

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 (PS)

Launched in FY2024, 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.