Lincoln, Nebraska, Jan 14, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul will Chair the Food and Agriculture Council (FAC) in Nebraska for the 2011 calendar year. The council is made up of federal, state and local agriculture entities. Meetings will be held quarterly to identify, assess and address needs and problems in agriculture and rural issues. The FAC will address energy issues as well and their impact on rural communities.
“The FAC is a great vehicle for federal, state and local agencies to share information and work together to address the needs of Nebraska,” Moul said. “The needs of agriculture, energy production and infrastructure go hand-in-hand with the development of Nebraska and we’ll be focusing on those issues as a council.”
The first meeting of the Council in 2011 will be held Wednesday, January 19 at the Federal Building in Lincoln. A special presentation to the Council will be made by Sandy Scofield, Director of the Nebraska Rural Initiative at the University of Nebraska, and Mark Gustafson, Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University. Special guests will be University students who are among the initial Engler scholarship winners.
The Food and Agriculture Council was established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in each state to coordinate interagency activities and to promote the goals and objectives of agriculture related industries. The state councils may be utilized for public feedback on procedural issues, to receive recommendations on policies under consideration and to keep informed on agriculture and rural development concerns.