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Board Meetings

The NAREEE Advisory Board typically meets two times per year – in the fall and in the spring. The fall meeting is typically held in the Washington, DC metro area and includes an orientation session and opportunities to hear from and interact with USDA leadership. The spring meeting is typically held outside of the DC metro area at a location that showcases the programs and activities of the REE agencies.

The meetings of the NAREEE Advisory Board are announced in the Federal Register. All meetings of the NAREEE Board and its subcommittees are open to the public. A scheduled time for public comment is offered at each meeting.

  • June 6-7, 2023

    The Advisory Board met in-person and virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, June 6th through Wednesday, June 7th. The meeting’s main goal on day #1 was to hear the Research, Education and Economics (REE) Leadership team updates and their new initiatives and key priorities related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA) and day #2 was used to review old Advisory Board business and conduct new Advisory Board business, including assessment of the Relevancy and Adequacy (R&A) policy.

    PowerPoint presentations and reports are available by request by emailing

  • February 9-10, 2022

    The NAREEE Advisory Board met virtually by video conference to discuss reports and recommendations from 2020 and 2021 from the Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS) and the National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC). The NAREEE Advisory Board discussed next steps on the Ad Hoc Committee on Agriculture Extension Programs (2020). The Board also approved minutes from CDS and Specialty Crop Committee (SCC) public meetings held in 2021 and 2022, respectively. 

    USDA Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh provided opening remarks via recorded video -- thanking the Board for their service and summarizing Secretary Vilsack’s USDA strategy and the Agency’s science and research priorities. The REE Deputy Under Secretary Dr. Shefali Mehta provided brief remarks to the Board as well. The leaders of USDA’s REE agencies briefed the Board members on initiatives and issues impacting their respective agencies and how the various policies and programs work together to advance USDA science and research goals.