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The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board is comprised of 15 members who represent the views of various national stakeholder groups.  As specified in congressional legislation (2008 Food, Energy and Conservation Act, P.L. 110-246, Sec 7102), each member represents a specific affiliation category, which assures balanced and broad membership on the Board.

Membership categories include:  five members from national farm or producer organizations; two members representing academic or research societies; five members representing agricultural research, extension, education; and five members representing industry, consumer, or rural interest.  More information and requirements of the categories can be found on the Membership Categories page.

The Secretary of Agriculture appoints distinguished individuals from a pool of nominations that are submitted by organizations, associations, societies, councils, federations, groups, and companies that fit the category criteria. The term for an Advisory Board member is typically three years. One-third of the Board's positions (approximately 5 category slots) expire each year on September 30.

Advisory Board Duties

The role of the 15-member Advisory Board includes: reviewing and providing consultation to the Secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on long- and short-term research, extension, education and economic priorities in food, fiber, and agriculture. The Board also evaluates the results and effectiveness of agricultural research, extension, education and economic activities with respect to policies and priorities; reviews and makes recommendations to the (USDA) Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area draft strategic plan; and evaluates the peer review process of the Agricultural Research Service on an ongoing basis. On an annual basis, the Board reviews the relevance of all agricultural research, education, and extension activities to national priorities, as well as the adequacy of funding for these activities and submits the final recommendations to the Secretary and to Congress.

The Board typically meets two times per year. One of the meetings is typically held in Washington, DC, and the other is held outside of DC. In addition, an Executive Committee of 9 members of the Board meets monthly for administrative purposes.

How to Apply for Board Membership

Individuals desiring to be considered for an appointment to the NAREEE Advisory Board must submit a completed Form AD-755, "Advisory Committee Membership Background Information" and submit a resume or CV.  A nomination letter and/or endorsement letter(s) for a candidate may be submitted by a Senator or Representative, or by an institution, organization, company, other group, or individual (including the applicant). The nomination letter must indicate the category or categories for which an individual is being nominated.

Nominations are open to all regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation.