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 is 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 Emerging Markets Program. 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 additional terms.

Persons interested in serving on the advisory committee, or in nominating individuals to serve, should contact Nancy Hirschhorn by telephone at (202) 720-6896, or FAS' Market Development and Grants Management Division at 202-720-6343, fax 202-690-0193, 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 Jan. 22, 2007. Form AD-755 is required. Form SF-181 is requested, but optional.

Applications may be mailed to the Foreign Agricultural Service, Stop 1052, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-1052.

The request for nominations will be published in the Dec. 22, 2006, Federal Register, which can be accessed online.

Congress authorized the Emerging Markets Program in the Food Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, and amended it in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

SOURCE: USDA news release.