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USDA enhances agricultural research with new advisory board members

USDA enhances agricultural research with new advisory board members

By Jamie Martin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently updated the composition of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board by appointing ten members, including both new faces and experienced incumbents. These members represent a diverse cross-section of the agricultural community, including university professors, industry professionals, and non-profit leaders.

Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Vice President for Agriculture at Montana State University, is among the notable new members, representing land-grant universities. Other new appointments include Vanessa Garcia Polanco from the National Young Farmers Coalition, reflecting the voice of young farmers, and Edwin Kitzes from United Tribes Technical College, who brings perspectives from tribal agricultural communities.

Reappointments include Dr. V.M. “Bala” Balasubramaniam and Dr. Mario Ferruzzi, both respected academics in food science, demonstrating the USDA's commitment to continuity and deep expertise in its advisory panel.

The NAREEE Board plays a crucial role in advising the USDA's Research, Education, and Economics mission area, offering recommendations that influence national policies on food and agricultural science. This includes providing strategic input on priorities like sustainable practices and climate-smart agriculture.

The board's influence extends beyond advising the Secretary of Agriculture; it also communicates critical scientific needs to agricultural committees in Congress, ensuring that legislative support aligns with cutting-edge agricultural research.

The impact of these appointments is significant, as these leaders will help steer the direction of USDA research and policy development, ensuring that the agricultural sector remains innovative and capable of addressing contemporary challenges.

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