EPA Committee Gets Needed Local Touch


North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson was recently appointed to the EPA’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC) for the 2010-2012 term.  The FRRCC is an independent committee that advises EPA on a wide range of environmental issues of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

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“Robert is a strong representation of what it means to be a Farmers Union member, who we are and what we represent,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “I’m pleased that he will be serving on this committee and look forward to seeing the work he will accomplish.”


Carlson was selected from a large pool of applicants responding to a request for nominations published last November in the Federal Register. All new members include representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations and state, local and tribal governments. As a member of FRRCC Carlson will provide useful insight to the agency on topics such as non-point source water pollution, agricultural air issues and environmental markets.


“I am very excited to have a seat at the table. Demonstrating the importance of farmers and ranchers in regard to environmental issues on how the agriculture industry is part of the solution is critical,” said Carlson. “Farmers and ranchers, as good stewards of the land, have the unique ability to have a positive effect on the environment now, with programs such as the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program, while other industries make strides toward the future. I intend to express how necessary agriculture is for potential environmental policy.”


The FRRCC will hold open meetings throughout the term and expects to meet approximately two times per year, generally in Washington, D.C.


National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.


Source:  National Farmers Union

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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