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Solicitation of Nominations for Members of the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee

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AGENCY:

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice reopening time period for soliciting nominees to the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is reopening the time period for submitting nominations for individuals to serve on the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) to invite additional nominations. USDA values diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, USDA encourages the nominations of men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. The Advisory Committee meets twice annually to advise GIPSA on the programs and services it delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA). Recommendations by the Advisory Start Printed Page 29312Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.

DATES:

GIPSA will consider nominations received by June 24, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

Submit nominations for the Advisory Committee by completing form AD-755. Nominations may be submitted by:

  • E-Mail: Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov.
  • Mail: Terri Henry, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1633-S, Stop 3642, Washington, DC 20250-3642.
  • Fax: (202) 690-2173.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Terri Henry, GIPSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1633-S, Stop 3642, Washington, DC 20250-3642.
  • Internet: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Terri L. Henry, telephone (202) 205-8281 or e-mail Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

As required by section 21 of the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 87j), as amended, the Secretary of Agriculture established the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee to provide advice to the GIPSA Administrator on implementation of the USGSA. The current authority for the Advisory Committee expires on September 30, 2015. As specified in the USGSA, each member's term is 3 years and no member may serve successive terms.

The Advisory Committee consists of 15 members, appointed by the Secretary, who represent the interests of grain producers, processors, handlers, merchandisers, consumers, exporters, and scientists with expertise in research related to the policies in section 2 of the USGSA (7 U.S.C. 74). Members of the Advisory Committee serve without compensation. USDA may reimburse members for travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, for travel away from their homes or regular places of business in performance of Advisory Committee service (see 5 U.S.C. 5703).

A list of current Advisory Committee members and other relevant information are available on the GIPSA Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov. Under the section “I Want To * * * ” select “Learn about the Advisory Committee.”

On November 10, 2009, GIPSA published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 57991) soliciting nominations to serve on the Advisory Committee to replace five members and eight alternate members whose terms expired in March 2010. GIPSA is reopening for 30 days the time period for submitting additional nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee.

Persons interested in serving on the Advisory Committee or nominating another individual to serve, may contact: Terri L. Henry by telephone at 202-205-8281, by fax at 202-690-2173, or by electronic mail at Terri.L.Henry@usda.gov to request Form AD-755. Form AD-755 may also be obtained via GIPSA's Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov. Under the section “I Want To…” select “Learn about the Advisory Committee,” then select Form AD-755. To ensure that recommendations of the Advisory Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, nominations shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability and experience to represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

The final selection of Advisory Committee members and alternates is made by the Secretary of Agriculture without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, familial status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or because all or part of their income is derived from public assistance.

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Marianne Plaus,

Acting Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2010-12380 Filed 5-24-10; 8:45 am]

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