National Genetic Resources Advisory Council
The National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) was established in 2012 as a permanent subcommittee of the NAREEE Advisory Board.
NGRAC advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and Director of ARS’ National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP). NGRP acquires, characterizes, conserves, documents, and distributes to scientists germplasm of all life forms important for food and agricultural production.
NGRP’s Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) documents these animal, microbial, and plant collections through informational pages, searchable databases, and links to USDA-ARS projects that curate the collections.
This report identifies and suggests possible approaches that will lead to greater protection and utilization of genetic diversity among animal species (including livestock, aquatic and poultry species) that are used for food and fiber production for large-scale commercial agriculture and small and disadvantaged farmers.