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TITLE:  VENEMAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON
        BIOTECHNOLOGY AND 21ST CENTURY AGRICULTURE
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Press Release No. 0114.03
        http://www.usda.gov/news/releases/2003/04/0114.htm
DATE:   Apr 8, 2003

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VENEMAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY
AND 21ST CENTURY AGRICULTURE

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2003 - Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman today
announced appointments to the new Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and
21st Century Agriculture. Appointees will serve one- or two-year terms,
and may be reappointed to serve up to six consecutive years.

"This committee will take a forward look at agriculture biotechnology and
will serve as an important resource as USDA addresses emerging issues
related to this field," said Veneman. "I am pleased that these
individuals have agreed to provide their time and expertise to serve on
this committee."

The committee is charged with examining the long-term impacts of
biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and providing
guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues related to the application
of biotechnology in agriculture.

The Committee is composed of 18 members from 14 states, the District of
Columbia and Mexico. The members represent the biotechnology industry,
the seed industry, farmers, environmental and consumer organizations,
academia and international plant research centers, the food industry,
product shippers and traders. The appointments will be published in the
Federal Register in the coming week.

Patricia A. Layton, Professor, Department of Forest Resources, Clemson
University, South Carolina will serve as Chair of the Advisory Committee
on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

The other members of the Committee are:
- Daryl D. Buss, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of
Wisconsin, at Madison, Wisconsin;
- Leon C. Corzine, Farmer, and Chairman, Biotechnology Working Group,
National Corn Growers Association, in Illinois;
- Carole Cramer, Professor, Virginia Tech, and Chief Scientific Officer,
CropTech Corporation, in Virginia;
- Richard T. Crowder, Chief Executive Officer, American Seed Trade
Association, in Virginia;
- Michael D. Dykes, Vice President, Government Affairs, Monsanto Company,
in Washington, D.C.;
- Juan C. Enriquez-Cabot, Director, Life Sciences Project, Harvard
Business School, in Massachusetts;
Randal W. Giroux, Staff Scientist, Cargill, Inc., in Minnesota;
- Duane Grant, Farmer and Member, National Association of Wheat Growers
and U.S. Wheat Inc. Biotechnology Committee, in Idaho;
- David A. Hoisington, Director, Applied Biotechnology Center and
Bioinformatics, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
(CIMMYT), in Mexico City, Mexico;
- Gregory A. Jaffe, Co-Director, Biotechnology Project, Center for
Science in the Public Interest, in Washington, D.C.;
- David C. Magnus, Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics, University
of Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania;
- Terry L. Medley, Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs, DuPont
Agriculture and Nutrition, in Delaware;
- Margaret G. Mellon, Director, Food and Environment Program, Union of
Concerned Scientists, in Washington, D.C;
- Ronald D. Olson, Vice President, Grain Operations, General Mills, in
Minnesota;
Jerome B. Slocum, Farmer and General Manager, North Mississippi Grain
Company, in Mississippi;
- Keith C. Triebwasser, Manager, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs,
The Procter and Gamble Company, in Ohio;
- Lisa W. Zannoni, Head, Global Regulatory Affairs and Government
Relations, BASF Plant Science, in New Jersey.

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