EPA Advisory Committee on Agriculture Unofficially Suspended

As of June 1, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee had not met in over four years. The committee was established in 2008 to advise the EPA Administrator on "environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and the rural communities." In the past, committee members typically met two to three times per year, but no meetings were held between June 2016 and May 2020. The committee's charter was, however, renewed during this period. On February 1, 2018, EPA published a notice declaring that continued operation of the committee "is in the public interest and is necessary in connection with the performance of EPA's duties." The committee was, therefore, "renewed for an additional two year period."


On June 17, 2020, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of 33 new members to the committee. The announcement stated that the committee "expects to meet approximately twice a year beginning in late Summer of 2020."