(Posted Tue. Jun 26th, 2012)
June 26: The Environmental Protection Agency recently appointed Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, MD and a member of the NCGA Corn Board, as a member of its Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee. The FRRCC is an independent agricultural advisory group that helps forge a partnership between the EPA and the agriculture community.
“The FRRCC is a great way to help bridge the gap between EPA staff and America’s farmers,” Bowling said. “I believe being a part of this committee will be beneficial not only to producers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed but for other farmers around the country as they prepare for future EPA deliberations on the environment and clean water. I am privileged to have been selected for the advisory group and look forward to helping create an even better understanding at EPA of the concerns of agriculture.”
According to the EPA, the FRRCC is a policy-oriented committee that provides policy advice, information, and recommendations to the Administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities. The FRRCC addresses specific topics of relevance to agriculture as identified by the Agricultural Counselor to the Administrator, and reports its policy advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator through the Agricultural Counselor.
The committee consists of approximately 25 members representing academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments.