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Glickman Names Advisory Committe on Agricultural Biotechnology

Release No. 0023.00
Andy Solomon (202) 720-4623
andy.solomon@usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2000-- Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman today named
38 members to a newly-formed USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural
Biotechnology. The Committee will advise the Secretary on policy related to
the creation, application, marketability, trade and use of agricultural
biotechnology. "It is my hope that this group, which brings together
people with a range of perspectives and experiences, will engage in the kind
of thoughtful and civil debate on biotechnology that our country now needs,"
said Glickman. "The panel will examine many of the complex issues related
to agricultural biotechnology."
The Committee, authorized for two years, will hold its first meeting on
March 29-30 in Washington. The committee meeting will be open to the
public.
Secretary Glickman appointed Dennis Eckart, a former Congressman from Ohio,
as chairman of the committee. Mr. Eckart is currently an attorney at Baker
and Hostetler, LLP, in Washington, DC. The Committee's appointed members
include
Dale E. Bauman -- Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor and Professor of Nutritional
Biochemistry, Department of Animal Science and the Division of Nutritional
Sciences, Cornell University Ithaca, New York
Daniel R. Botkin -- Research Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and
Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
Carolyn Brickey -- Executive Director, National Campaign for Pesticide
Policy Reform, San Francisco, California; and member, National Organic
Standards Board
R. Jeffrey Burkhardt -- Professor of Food and Resource Economics, Food and
Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
and member, US/EU Committee on Ethics and Food Biotechnology
R. James Cook -- R. James Cook Endowed Chair in Wheat Research, Department
of Plant Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
James F. Dodson -- Farmer and seed sales representative for Pioneer Hi- Bred
International, Inc., Robstown, Texas; and Chairman, Environmental Task
Force, National Cotton Council
Linda J. Fisher -- Vice President for Government and Public Affairs,
Monsanto Company, Washington, DC
Carol T. Foreman -- Distinguished Fellow and Director, the Food Policy
Institute, Consumer Federation of America, Chevy Chase, Maryland; and
member, USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Advisory Committee
David J. Frederickson -- President, Minnesota Farmers Union, St. Paul,
Minnesota
Rebecca J. Goldburg -- Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, New
York, New York
Michael K. Hansen -- Research Associate, Consumer Policy Institute,
Consumers Union, Yonkers, New York
Neil E. Harl -- Professor of Economics and Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished
Professor in Agriculture, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Thomas J. Hoban -- Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Marjorie A. Hoy -- Eminent Scholar and Davies, Fischer, and Eckes Professor
of Biological Control, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University
of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Charles S. Johnson -- Executive Vice President, Dupont, Wilmington,
Delaware; and member, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service Emerging Market
Committee
Anne R. Kapuscinski -- Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of
Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
Edward L. Korwek -- Attorney at Hogan and Hartson, LLP, Washington, DC
Sharan A. Lanini -- Farmer and Sales/Marketing Manager for Growers
Transplanting, Inc./Rocket Farms, Salinas, California; and member,
California Department of Food and Agriculture Organic Food Act Advisory
Committee
Mark Lipson -- Organic Farmer and Policy Program Director, Organic Farming
Research Foundation, Davenport, California
Mary-Howell Martens -- Organic Farmer and Adjunct Biology Instructor, Finger
Lakes Community College, Penn Yan, New York
Marshall A. Martin -- Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics,
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; and member, National
Agricultural Biotechnology Council
J. Calman McCastlain -- Attorney at Pender, McCastlain, and Pak, P.A.;
farmer and grain elevator operator; and Director, Arkansas Wheat Promotion
Board, Little Rock, Arkansas
E. Bruce McEvoy -- Chief Executive Officer, Sealed Sweet Growers, Inc., Vero
Beach, Florida
Margaret G. Mellon -- Director, Agriculture and Biotechnology Program, Union
of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC
Lorraine D. Nakai -- Entomologist and Farmer, Navajo Agricultural Products
Industry, Farmington, New Mexico
Philip T. Nelson -- Farmer; Chairman, Livestock and Dairy GRITS Committee,
Illinois Farm Bureau; and Chairman, American Farm Bureau Federation, Swine
Advisory Committee, Seneca, Illinois
Carol Nottenburg -- Attorney and Director of Intellectual Property and
Principal Scientist, Center for the Application of Molecular Biology to
International Agriculture, Red Hill, Australia
Roger C. Pine -- Farmer and President, National Corn Growers Association,
Lawrence, Kansas
Channapatna S. Prakash -- Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, College of
Agriculture, Tuskegee University, Auburn, Alabama; and member of the U.S.
Sweetpotato Crop Advisory Committee
Frank L. Sims -- President, North American Grain, Cargill, Inc., Minnetonka,
Minnesota; and member, Chicago Board of Trade
J. Michael Sligh -- Director for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Advancement
Foundation International--U.S.A., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jerome B. Slocum -- Farmer and President, North Mississippi Grain Company,
Cold Water, Mississippi
Austin P. Sullivan, Jr. -- Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations,
General Mills, Inc., Plymouth, Minnesota; and Chairman, Biotechnology Task
Force, Grocery Manufacturers of America
Virginia V. Weldon -- Physician and Director, Center for the Study of
American Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; and member,
President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
David M. Winkles, Jr. -- Farmer and President, South Carolina Farm Bureau,
Sumter, South Carolina; and member, United Soybean Board
Margaret M. Wittenberg -- Vice-President of Government and Public Affairs,
Whole Foods Market, Inc., Dripping Springs, Texas; and member, National
Organic Standards Board
Michael W. Yost -- Farmer and President, American Soybean Association,
Murdock, Minnesota

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