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July 23, 2002   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
July 23, 2002

Dr. Walter A. Hill, dean of the school agriculture and home economics at Tuskegee University, has been appointed by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman to serve on the Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets.

Hill, along with 14 other committee members from throughout the U.S., will review funding proposals under the Emerging Markets Program through USDA. The program, which is managed by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, supports private and governmental projects to promote U.S. agricultural exports in emerging economies. The committee also advises USDA on the U.S. private sector's efforts to enhance food and rural business systems in these areas.

"Emerging markets are so critical to our farmers and producers," Hill said. "Despite the economy, there's always opportunities developing around the globe, particularly in Asia, Latin America, Africa and West Africa."

Others appointed to the committee are: Julie G. Adams of Modesto, Calif.; Robert R. Bignami of Orland, Calif.; John J. Cavanaugh of Omaha, Neb.; Carol R. Chandler of Selma, Calif.; Robert G. Craig of Lansing, Mich.; Bonnie I. Fernandez of Woodland, Calif.; Howard S. Gochberg of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Edwin G. Jewett, Jr. of Baton Rouge, La.; Mark R. Kuechler of Spotsylvania, Va.; John E. Lamb of Bethesda, Md.; David C. Lyons of Washington, D.C.; Jenifer Huang McBeath of Fairbanks, Alaska; Russell C. Redding of Harrisburg, Pa. and Bonnie Heineman Wolfe of Sterling, Va.

"I am pleased that these individuals have agreed to provide their time and expertise on this committee which supports the development of emerging markets," said Veneman. Committee members must have expertise in international agriculture, trade and development, especially as they relate to emerging market economies. They serve without compensation. Congress re-authorized the EMP in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, the 2002 Farm Bill.

For more information on the Emerging Markets Program, contact Douglas Freeman at (202) 720-4327; Fax: (202) 720-9361; E-mail: emo@fas.usda.gov. Additional information on the advisory committee and the Emerging Markets Program is available at: www.fas.usda.gov/mos/em-markets/em-markets.html

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