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 on matters related to the activities, policies and operations of the National Genetic Resources Program. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 further expanded the responsibilities of the Council to include recommendations on public cultivar development
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The National Genetics Research Advisory Council is seeking nominations for the following categories:
three (3) scientific members;
two (2) general public members; and
four (4) public cultivar development and animal breed
The deadline for application submission is April 26, 2019.
All nomination materials should be submitted in a single,
complete package and received or postmarked by April 26, 2019.
The nominee's name, resume or CV, completed and signed Form
AD-755, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the
following methods: (1) Email (preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org; (2)
By fax to 202-720-6199; or (3) By mail delivery service to: REE
Advisory Board Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jamie L. Whitten
Building, Room 332-A, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC
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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 https://www.agriculture.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/101-624.pdf
(a) ESTABLISHMENT AND MEMBERSHIP..
(1) IN GENERAL. - The Secretary shall establish an advisory council for the program for the purpose of advising, assisting, consulting with, and making recommendations to, the Secretary and Director concerning matters related to the activities, policies and operations of the program.
(2) MEMERSHIP . - The advisory council shall consist of ex officio members and not more than 13 members appointed by the Secretary.
(A) 4 IN GENERAL..In making recommendations under
paragraph (1), the advisory council shall include recommendations on -(i) the state of public cultivar development, including.
(I) an analysis of existing cultivar research investments;
(II) the research gaps relating to the development
of cultivars across a diverse range of crops;
(III) an assessment of the state of commercialization
of federally funded cultivars;
(ii) the training and resources needed to meet future
(iii) the appropriate levels of Federal funding for
cultivar development for underserved crops and geographic
(iv) the development of the plan described in section
(b) EX OFFICIO MEMBERS.--The ex officio members of the advisory council shall consist of the following persons (or their designees):
(1) The Director.
(2) The Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Science and Education.
(3) The Director of the National Agricultural Library.
(4) The Director of the National Institutes of Health.
(5) The Director of the National Science Foundation.
(6) The Secretary of Energy.
(7) The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
(8) Such additional officers and employees of the United States as the Secretary determines are necessary for the advisory council to effectively carry out its functions.
(c) APPOINTMENT OF OTHER MEMBERS.--The members of the advisory council who are not ex officio members shall be appointed by the Secretary as follows:
(1) Six of the members shall be appointed from
among the leading representatives of the scientific disciplines relevant to the
activities of the program, including agricultural sciences, environmental
sciences, natural resource sciences, health sciences, and nutritional
(2) Three of the members shall be appointed from the general public and shall include leaders in fields of public policy, trade, international development, law, or management.
(3) Four of the members shall be appointed from among individuals with expertise in public cultivar and animal breed development.
(4) 4 of the members shall be appointed from among individuals
(A) 1862 Institutions (as defined in section 2 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601));
(B) 1890 Institutions (as defined in section 2 of the Agricultural of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601));
(c) Hispanic-serving instittutionds (as defined in section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3103)); or
(d) 1994 Institutions (as defined in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note; Public Law 103-382)).
(d) COMPENSATION.--Members of the advisory council shall serve without compensation, if not otherwise officers or employees of the United States, except that they shall, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the advisory council, be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service are allowed expenses under sections 5701 through 5707 of title 5, United States Code.
(e) TERM OF OFFICE OF APPOINTEES; VACANCIES.--
(1) TERM.--The term of
office of a member appointed under subsection (c) is four years, except that
any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of the
term for which the predecessor of such member was appointed shall be appointed
only for the remainder of such term.
(2) INITIAL APPOINTMENT.--The Secretary shall make appointments to the advisory council so as to ensure that the terms of the members appointed under subsection (c) do not all expire in the same year. A member may serve after the expiration of the member's term until a successor takes office.
(3) REAPPOINTMENT.--A member who is appointed for a term of four years may not be reappointed to the advisory council before two years after the date of expiration of such term of office.
(4) VACANCIES.--If a vacancy occurs in the advisory council among the members appointed under subsection (c), the Secretary shall make an appointment to fill such vacancy within 90 days after the date such vacancy occurs.
(f) CHAIR.--The Secretary shall select as the chair of the advisory council one of the members appointed under subsection (c). The term of office of the chair shall be two years.
(g) MEETINGS.--The advisory council shall meet at the call of the chair or on the request of the Director, but at least two times each fiscal year. The location of the meetings of the advisory council shall be subject to the approval of the Director.
(h) STAFF.--The Director shall make available to the advisory council such staff, information, and other assistance as it may require to carry out its functions.
(i) ORIENTATION AND TRAINING.--The Director shall provide such orientation and training for new members of the advisory council as may be appropriate for their effective participation in the functions of the advisory council.
(j) COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.--The advisory council may prepare, for inclusion in a report submitted under section 1633--
(1) comments respecting the activities of the
advisory council during the period covered by the report;
(2) comments on the progress of the program in meeting its objectives; and
(3) recommendations respecting the future directions, program, and policy emphasis of the program.
(k) REPORTS.--The advisory council may prepare such reports as the advisory council determines to be appropriate.
(l) APPLICATION OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT.--Section 14(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) relating to the termination of an advisory committee shall not apply to the advisory committee established under this section.