WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking nominees to serve on its Advisory Committee on the Emerging Markets Program. Committee members must have expertise in international agriculture, trade and development related to emerging market economies.

The committee will be composed of 20 representatives who advise USDA on efforts to enhance food and rural business systems in emerging markets, and review funding proposals under the EMP. The program supports private and governmental technical assistance activities designed to promote U.S. agricultural exports.

Committee members serve without compensation, but will be reimbursed for travel to attend committee meetings. Appointments expire in two years, but the Secretary of Agriculture may renew an appointment for one or more additional terms.

Persons interested in serving on the advisory committee, or in nominating individuals to serve, should contact Ilah Barnes, FAS, by telephone (202) 720-4327, by fax (202) 720-9361, or by e-mail to emo@fas.usda.gov.

Written nominations, along with forms AD-755 and SF-181, must be received by the Foreign Agricultural Service by Aug. 25, 2009. Form AD-755 is required and is available at the FAS home page here. Form SF-181 is requested, but optional, and is available .

Applications may be mailed to Mark Slupek, Office of Trade Programs, Program Operations Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Portals Office Building, Suite 400, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024. Forms may also be submitted by fax to (202) 720-9361.

The request for nominations will be published in the July 14, 2009, Federal Register, which can be accessed