[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 147 (Wednesday, August 2, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-16202]

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Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document Number AMS-SC-17-0015]

Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC): Notice 
of Intent To Renew Charter and Call for Nominations

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice: intent to renew charter and call for nominations.


SUMMARY: The Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) 
was established to examine the full spectrum of fruit and vegetable 
issues and provide recommendations and ideas to the Secretary of 
Agriculture on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can tailor 
programs to better meet the needs of the fruit and vegetable industry. 
Through this Notice, USDA is announcing the following: Its intent to 
renew the Charter of the FVIAC, which expires on July 28, 2017; its 
call for nominations to fill ten (10) upcoming vacancies for 
appointments in 2017, and its call for nominations for a pool of 
candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the position 
categories should that occur.

DATES: The current FVIAC Charter expires on July 28, 2017. Written 
nominations must be postmarked on or before September 1, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Nomination applications can be sent via email to Marlene 
Betts at [email protected], or mailed to: USDA-AMS-SCP, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 2077-S., Stop 0235, Washington, DC 20250-
0235. Electronic submittals are preferred.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marlene Betts, (202) 720-5057; Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given that the Secretary 
of Agriculture intends to renew the Fruit and Vegetable Industry 
Advisory Committee (FVIAC) for two years. The purpose of the FVIAC is 
to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable 
industry and provide suggestions and ideas to the Secretary on how USDA 
can tailor its programs to better meet the fruit and vegetable 
industry's needs.
    The Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service's 
Specialty Crops Program will serve as the FVIAC Executive Secretary. 
Representatives from USDA mission areas and agencies affecting the 
fruit and vegetable industry will be called upon to participate in the 
FVIAC's meetings as determined by the FVIAC Executive Secretary and the 
    Industry members are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and 
serve 2-year terms, with a maximum of three 2-year terms. Membership 
consists of 25 members who represent the fruit and vegetable industry 
and will include individuals representing fruit and vegetable growers/
shippers, fruit and vegetable wholesalers/distributors, brokers, 
retailers/restaurant representatives, fresh-cut and other fruit and 
vegetable processors, and foodservice suppliers. It should also include 
individuals representing farmers markets and food hubs, organic and 
non-organic fruit and vegetable representatives, and representatives 
from state departments of agriculture, farmer organizations, and 
produce trade associations. Through this Notice, the USDA seeks to 
fulfill two goals. Firstly, it is seeking nominations to fill ten (10) 
upcoming vacancies. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one 
person to each of these ten positions to serve a 2-year term of office 
beginning August 1, 2017, and ending July 31, 2019. Secondly, the USDA 
is seeking nominations to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of 
the position categories. These nominations will be held as a pool of 
candidates that the Secretary of Agriculture can draw upon as 
replacement appointees if unexpected vacancies occur. A person 
appointed to fill a vacancy will serve for the remainder of the 2-year 
term of the vacant position.
    The Secretary of Agriculture invites those individuals, 
organizations, and groups affiliated with the categories listed above 
to nominate individuals or themselves for membership on the FVIAC. 
Nominations should describe and document the proposed member's fruit 
and vegetable industry qualifications for membership to the FVIAC. The 
Secretary of Agriculture seeks a diverse group of members representing 
a broad spectrum of persons interested in providing suggestions and 
ideas on how USDA can tailor its programs to meet the fruit and 
vegetable industry's needs.
    To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the following: 
A resume (required), Form AD-755 (required), which can be accessed at: 
https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/facas-advisory-councils/fviac/nominations, a cover letter, and a list of endorsements or letters of 
recommendation (optional). Resumes must be no longer than 5 pages, and 
should include a summary of the following information: Current and past 
organization affiliations; areas of expertise; education; career 
positions held; any other notable positions held.
    Equal opportunity practices will be followed in all appointments to 
the FVIAC in accordance with USDA policies. To ensure that FVIAC 
recommendations take into account the needs of the diverse groups 
served by USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, 
individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, 
person with disabilities and limited resource agriculture producers.
    The information collection requirements concerning the nomination 
process have been previously cleared by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under OMB Control No. 0505-0001.

    Dated: July 27, 2017.
Bruce Summers,
Acting Administrator.
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