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Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Board of Evaluators: Nominations

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION:

Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Board of Evaluators: Nominations.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that nominations are being sought for six (6) qualified persons to serve on the Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Board of Evaluators (Board). The role of the Board is to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with advice and recommendations for the selection of recipients of the Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Award.

DATES:

Written nominations must be received on or before September 2, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Send all nominating materials to Mr. Dale Miller, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Mail Stop 1020, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Dale Miller, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, Mail Stop 1020, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1020, telephone (202) 690-0752, e-mail: dale.miller@fas.usda. Form AD-755 is required and is available at the FAS home page: http://www.fas.usda.gov/​admin/​ad755.pdf. Form SF-181 is requested, but optional, and is available at http://www.fas.usda.gov/​admin/​sf181.pdf. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Board is authorized by Section 261(h) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. The overall purpose of the Board is to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with advice and recommendations for the selection of recipients of the Edward R. Madigan United States Agricultural Export Excellence Award. The Board is Start Printed Page 41027composed of six (6) representatives from the private sector selected for their knowledge and experience in exporting U.S. agricultural products. More information about the purpose and function of the Board can be found at: http://www.fas.usda.ov/​info/​madigan/​madigan.asp.

The members of the Board are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and serve at the discretion of the Secretary. Board members serve at their own expense; they are not compensated for their services and do not receive per diem or travel funds. Three (3) members will be selected for 2-year term maximum and three (3) others for 3-year term maximum. The Secretary may renew an appointment for one or more additional terms. The Board shall meet as often as the Secretary of Agriculture deems necessary either in person or via teleconference to review nominations and make recommendations.

Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that the work of the Board takes into account the needs of the diverse groups served by USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the interest of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Members are selected primarily for their knowledge and experience in exporting U.S. agricultural products. No person, company, producer, farm organization, trade association, or other entity has a right to representation on the Board. In making selections, every effort will be made to maintain balanced representation of the various broad industries within the United States as well as geographic diversity.

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Dated: June 27, 2008.

Michael W. Yost,

Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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[FR Doc. E8-16382 Filed 7-16-08; 8:45 am]

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