Vilsack seeks nominations for animal health advisory committee

Advisory Committee on Animal Health advises the secretary on strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control or eradicate animal diseases.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is seeking nominations for membership on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Selected members will serve two-year terms.

The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health advises the secretary of agriculture on strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control or eradicate animal diseases. The committee considers agricultural initiatives of national scope and significance and advises on matters of public health, conservation of national resources, stability of livestock economies, livestock disease management and traceability strategies, prioritizing animal health imperatives and other related aspects of agriculture.

Terms will expire in 2017 for the current members of the committee. The secretary will select up to 20 members from across the agricultural community -- including producers, processors, marketers, researchers, state and tribal agricultural agencies, trade associations and others -- to obtain the broadest possible representation. Equal opportunity practices, in line with U.S. Department of Agriculture policies, will be followed in all appointments to the committee.

The agency said it is soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals. An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership. Individuals may nominate themselves or someone else.

Nomination forms are available online by clicking here. Completed forms should be sent by mail or email to Dr. Diane Sutton, APHIS Veterinary Services, 4700 River Rd., Unit 43, Riverdale MD 20737. Email: [email protected]. Nominations received by Nov. 28, 2016, will be considered. 

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