The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new members of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee for its 2010-2012 term. The committee chairman is Dr. Steven Balling of Del Monte Foods. Other members include North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Dennis Treacy of Smithfield Foods.
The FRRCC is an independent committee that advises EPA on a wide range of environmental issues of importance to agriculture and rural communities. FRRCC members will provide useful insight to the agency on topics such as non-point source water pollution, agricultural air issues, and environmental markets as it crafts environmental policies important to agriculture and rural communities.
Lawrence Elworth, Agricultural Counselor to the EPA administrator, says while the committee membership includes a wide and diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds the members share a commitment to dealing with the complex environmental issues that are important to agriculture.
A complete list of the FRRCC members, visit www.epa.gov/ocem/frrcc/members.htm.