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New agricultural air quality research task force members announced

Published on 20 January 2021

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Jan. 19 the appointment of 26 members to serve on the USDA Task Force for Agricultural Air Quality Research.

Newly appointed members, who will serve terms of up to two years beginning Jan. 4, 2021, and ending in 2023, are:

  • Dr. Brent W. Auvermann – Amarillo, Texas
  • Mr. Robert V. Avant Jr. – Taylor, Texas
  • Dr. Robert T. Burns – Maryville, Tennessee
  • Mr. Brian F. Cochrane – Kahlotus, Washington
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Collett Jr. – Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Mr. Manuel Cunha Jr. – Clovis, California
  • Dr. Nichole Embertson – Bellingham, Washington
  • Ms. Andrea L. Foglesong – Timnath, Colorado
  • Mr. J. Kelley Green – Austin, Texas
  • Dr. April Leytem – Hailey, Idaho
  • Dr. Hong Li – Hockessin, Delaware
  • Mr. Gerald May – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mrs. Lara Moody – Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Mr. Kevin G. Rogers – Laveen, Arizona
  • Dr. Joseph Rudek – Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
  • Ms. Annette H. Sharp – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Ms. Sally L. Shaver – Cary, North Carolina
  • Dr. Bryan W. Shaw – Lexington, Texas
  • Mr. Samir Sheikh – Fresno, California
  • Dr. Philip J. Silva – Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Mr. Jon Slutsky – Wellington, Colorado
  • Ms. Marguerite Tan – Taylor, Arizona
  • Mr. James A. Vaughn – Forsyth, Georgia
  • Dr. Rodney T. Venterea – Mounds View, Minnesota
  • Dr. Lingjuan Wang-Li – Cary, North Carolina
  • Mr. John Weir – Orlando, Oklahoma

The chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will serve as chair of the task force. The members of the task force will examine relevant issues and research related to agriculture’s effects on air quality, particulate matter and other pertinent topics, including greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration and bioenergy.

“We are pleased that such a highly capable group of people stepped forward and offered to serve during these challenging times,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s undersecretary for farm production and conservation. “This group brings experience, expertise and common sense to the table at a time when we need all three.”  

The NRCS will provide support for the task force.  end mark

From a Natural Resources Conservation Service news release