National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC)
Welcome to the home page of the National Genetic Resources Advisory
Council (NGRAC). The following sections provide you, the public, with a record of
the USDA's efforts to respond to the important issues of the nation in
respect to conserving and utilizing genetic resources for food and
agriculture. Additional information including meeting minutes and reports
of the NGRAC may be found online through the following page:
The NGRAC for the
National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) was established in March, 1992,
under the USDA Departmental Regulation 1043-8 as directed by Section 1632
of P.L. 101-624. The NGRAC was re-chartered in May 2011.
In April 2012 the NGRAC was
inactivated as a standalone entity, and transitioned under the National
Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory
Board. The NAREEE Advisory Board was established by the Federal
Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, P.L. 104-127, Sec. 802.
The NGRAC advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary and
Director of the NGRP through the NAREEE Advisory Board.
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The NGRAC can consist of up to nine members appointed by the Secretary and
seven or more ex-officio members. Two-thirds of
the appointed members represent the scientific disciplines relevant to
NGRP, and one-third represent the general public in relevant activities.
Thus, it is likely that each of the life forms in NGRP (plants, forest
species, animals, aquatics, insects, and microbes) are represented by
only one appointed scientific member.
To review the Farm Bill specifying the establishment, purpose, and
functions of the NGRP; the appointment and authority of the NGRP Director;
and the original establishment of the Advisory Council, visit the following page:
National Genetic Resources Advisory Council,
REE Advisory Board Office, Room 3901
USDA South Building, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
20250-0300. Phone: 202-720-3684; FAX: 202-720-6199