Section 7404 of
the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-171)
authorized the creation of a Task Force comprised of 8 members, primarily
from the private sector and having broad-based background in plants,
animal, and agricultural sciences research, food, nutrition, biotechnology,
crop production methods, environmental science, or related disciplines.
The members must also be familiar with the role and infrastructure
used to conduct Federal and private research, including the Agricultural
Research Service; the National Institutes of Health; the National
Science Foundation; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
the Department of Energy laboratory system; or the Cooperative State
Research, Education, and Extension Service. Nominees will be carefully
reviewed for their broad expertise, leadership, and relevance to this
criteria. Task Force members will be selected by and serve at the
discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture.
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