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SSARE Administrative Council Seeks Producer Nominations

GRIFFIN, Georgia -- The Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program is seeking nominations of a producer experienced with sustainable agriculture and its impact on the environment and rural communities to replace an outgoing Administrative Council member. Producer members are directly involved in setting the goals of the Southern SARE program.

One producer seat will be filled.  Producer nominations from all 13 states in the southern region, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will be considered.

The Administrative Council (AC) is the governing body of the Southern SARE program and is made up of seven producers, three NGO representatives, one agribusiness representative, one quality of life representative and a number of 1862, 1890, federal and state governmental agency representatives.  All AC members are members of standing committees, which may meet or communicate through conference calls to decide policy issues related to SSARE.  The Administrative Council depends on outstanding nominees that you and your colleagues from across the region may put forward.  We strongly encourage you to invest the effort required to advance good nominees. 

Administrative Council members serve a three-year term.  Duties of the AC include attending AC meetings twice a year in February and August.  Each meeting is expected to last two days.  Duties also include a significant commitment of time twice a year for reviewing grant proposals during the month or two prior to the AC meetings.  More information on the duties of an Administrative Council member can be found in our Administrative Council Handbook.

Criteria for Administrative Council appointment include the following:

  • Run your own farm, regardless of size; alone or with family or partners.
  • Proven experience in sustainable agriculture;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to help address sustainable agriculture needs and methods; and
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team dealing with contemporary issues facing agriculture.

Council membership will be balanced with respect to geographic location, gender, race and farm type.

If you are interested in applying or nominating someone for a position on the SSARE AC, please send us your/their name, email address, postal address, phone number and the AC position applied for.  We will send you/them an invitation to apply for a position and the link to the Southern Region SARE On-Line AC Application System. 

Only applications received on the SSARE On-Line AC Application System will be considered.

To be considered, we (e-mail address below) must receive your e-mail nomination by January 27, 2017.  The deadline for a person to complete the SSARE On-Line Application is February 10, 2017.

E-mail nominations to:

John Mayne, Ph.D.

SSARE Assistant Director

(828) 626-2680