Southern SARE Seeking Nominations for Producer Administrative Council Member
GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of producers familiar with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace retiring Administrative Council members. Producer members are directly involved in deciding the future of research and education of the Southern SARE program.
One producer seat will be filled. Nominees representing women in agriculture, small farms and/or minorities are especially welcome. Producer nominations from all 13 states and the territories in the Southern region will be considered. To be considered, Southern SARE must receive nominations by July 1, 2013.
The Administrative Council is the governing body of the Southern SARE program and is made up of seven producers, three NGO representatives, one agribusiness representative, one quality of life representative and a number of 1862, 1890, federal and state governmental agency representatives. All AC members are part of standing committees, which may meet or communicate through conference calls to decide policy issues related to SSARE. The Administrative Council depends on outstanding nominees that are put forward across the region. We strongly encourage those interested to invest the effort required to advance good nominees.
Council members serve a three-year term. Duties of the Administrative Council include a commitment to reviewing grant proposals and attending council meetings twice a year, February and August. Each meeting is expected to last two days. More information on the duties of an Administrative Council member can be found on our website. Click on Administrative Council Handbook.
Criteria for Administrative Council appointments include the following:
- Experience in the area of sustainable agriculture;
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to help address sustainable agriculture needs and methods; and
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team dealing with contemporary issues facing agriculture.
- Council membership will be balanced with respect to geographic location, commodity representation, sex, race, and farm type (large/small, established/new).
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.