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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.

In Memoriam: Terry Williams

Long-time NGRAC member Terry Williams recently passed away. Read about Terry and his life's work.


Amir Ibrahim
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Term: first, ends 9/30/22
Chad Dechow
Penn State University
University Park, PA
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
David Butruille
Monsanto Company
Chesterfield, MO
Term: first, ends 9/30/22
James McFerson (Chair)
Washington State University Research and Extension Center (Retired)
Wenatchee, WA
Term: second, ends 9/30/24
John Buchanan
Center for Aquatic Technologies
San Diego, CA
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
Katherine Rainey
Purdue University
Lilly, IN
Term: first, ends 9/30/22
Margaret Smith
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Term: second, ends 9/30/24
Paul Gepts
University of California
Davis, CA
Term: second, ends 9/30/24
Preston Hardison
Tulalip Tribe (retired)
Seattle, WA
Term: second, ends 9/30/23
Sarada Krishnan
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
Term: second, ends 9/30/24
Stephen Kresovich
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Term: first, ends 9/30/22
Steven Kerns
Universal Pig Genes Inc./dba, Internations Boar Semen
Clearfield, IA
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
Terrence Tiersch
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Term: second, ends 9/30/24


Sep 29

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.