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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:

Additional information


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.


Current news and events


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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.

Current Members

Farm Bill

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:

Farm Bill

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

Updated 09-Oct-2014
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