Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
Notice of public meeting.
The purpose of this notice is to notify all interested parties that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will hold a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (Committee) meeting that is open to the public. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established the Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary of Agriculture on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. This notice sets forth the schedule and location for the meeting.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, June 28, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Committee meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW., Washington, DC.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Andrew Hatch, Designated Federal Official, USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs. Telephone: (202) 690-0182. Facsimile: (202) 720-0016. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. II), the Secretary of Agriculture established the Committee in August 2001 to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. The Committee was rechartered in July 2003 and again in June 2005 with new members appointed by USDA from industry nominations.
AMS Deputy Administrator for Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Robert C. Keeney, serves as the Committee's Executive Secretary. Representatives from USDA mission areas and other government agencies affecting the fruit and vegetable industry will be called upon to participate in the Committee's meetings to the public so that they may attend and present their recommendations. Reference the date and address section of this announcement for the time and place of the meeting.
Topics of discussion at the advisory committee meeting will include: the Speciality Crop Block Grant Program; sustainable agriculture; U.S. produce industry labor and immigration issues; the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; the 2007 Farm Bill; state and federal minimum quality requirements and grade standards; and overviews of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) program and government support of Produce for Better Health Foundation initiatives.
Those parties that would like to speak at the meeting should register on or before June 16, 2006. To register as a speaker, please e-mail your name, affiliation, business address, e-mail address, and phone number to Mr. Andrew Hatch at: email@example.com or facsimile to (202) 720-0016. Speakers who have registered in advance will be given priority. Groups and individuals may submit comments for the Committee's consideration to the same e-mail address. The meeting will be recorded, and information about obtaining a transcript will be provided at the meeting.
The Secretary of Agriculture selected a diverse group of members representing a broad spectrum of persons interested in providing suggestions and ideas on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and vegetable industry's needs. Equal opportunity practices were considered in all appointments to the Committee in accordance with USDA policies.
If you require special accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.Start Signature
Dated: April 18, 2006.
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 06-3846 Filed 4-21-06; 8:45 am]
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