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  Release No. 0285.08
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  SCHAFER APPOINTS AGRICULTURAL AIR QUALITY TASK FORCE
 

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2008 – Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the renewal of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the selection of the individuals to serve as members for the two-year, 2008 - 2010 term. The task force is chaired by the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and is comprised of USDA employees, industry representatives, and other experts in the fields of agriculture and air quality.

"This task force serves a very important role because conservation of our natural resources, including protecting air quality, is particularly vital to our farmers and ranchers who depend on these resources to produce our nation's food and fiber." Schafer said.

The role of the task force is to advise the Agriculture Secretary on issues related to agricultural air quality, including strengthening and coordinating USDA air quality research efforts and identifying cost-effective ways in which the agriculture industry can improve air quality.

Representatives from USDA's Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service and Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service will also participate on the task force. Names of task force members announced today are below. Additional information on the task force is available on the Web at: http://www.airquality.nrcs.usda.gov/AAQTF/ or by contacting Michele Laur, NRCS designated federal official (DFO), at 202-720-1858, or e-mail michele.laur@wdc.usda.gov. For more information about USDA and NRCS contact your local USDA Service Center or go to: www.usda.gov/ .

2008-2010 USDA AGRICULTURAL AIR QUALITY TASK FORCE

Arizona:

Kevin G. Rogers, Producer/Rogers Brothers Partnership

California:

Kevin Abernathy, California Dairy Campaign

Cynthia Cory, California Farm Bureau Federation

Manuel F. Cunha, Jr., Nisei Farmers League

Roger Isom, California Cotton Ginners & Growers

Paul Martin, Western United Dairymen

Richard McVeigh, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Iowa:

Robert Burns, Iowa State University

Jerry Hatfield, USDA ARS

Chris Petersen, Producer/C&K Family Farm

Hongwei Xin, Iowa State University

Kansas:

Brian Lindley, No-till on the Plains, Inc.

Charles Rice, Kansas State University

Michigan:

Wendy Powers, Michigan State University

Minnesota:

Sagar Krupa, University of Minnesota

New York:

Douglas Shelmidine, Producer/Sheland Farms

North Carolina:

Sally L. Shaver, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ohio:

Leon Weaver, Bridgewater Dairy

Pennsylvania:

Eileen Wheeler, Pennsylvania State University

Tennessee:

Bill Norman, National Cotton Council of America

Texas:

Robert V. Avant, Jr., Texas A&M University

Bryan Shaw, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Benjamin T. Weinheimer, Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Virginia:

Gary Baise, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP

Kristen Hughes, Chesapeake Bay Foundation