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USDA Seeks Nominations for National Board of Rural America; Members will Help Oversee the Delivery of Grants to Regional Boards
Jul 5, 2002
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced that USDA is accepting applications for the newly created National Board on Rural America. Responsibilities of the board include developing a national strategic investment plan for rural America and overseeing the delivery of planning and innovation grants to regional boards. The National Board -- which consists of 14 members appointed by the Secretary with staggered four-year terms -- was created with the recent passage of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

Among those considered for Board positions will be representatives of: nationally recognized entrepreneurship organizations, regional planning and development organizations, community-based organizations, elected members of county governments, elected members of State legislatures, the rural philanthropic community, and Indian tribes. Recommendations by elected members of federal, state, or county governments, and nominations from organizations will be accepted. Completed applications are due by July 19, 2002.