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The National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) advises and makes recommendations to the USDA Secretary and the Director of the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) on matters related to the activities, policies and operations of the NGRP. The NGRAC is a committee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
The NGRP acquires, characterizes, conserves, documents, and distributes to scientists germplasm of all life forms important for food and agricultural production. The 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. GRIN is operated by the USDA-ARS National Germplasm Resources Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.