Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced the appointment of 15 new members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Emerging Markets.

“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.

Newly appointed 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.; and Bonnie I. Fernandez of Woodland, Calif.

Howard S. Gochberg of White Bear Lake, Minn.; Walter A. Hill of Tuskegee, Ala.; 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.

This committee reviews funding proposals under the Emerging Markets Program. 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. Congress re-authorized the EMP in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, the farm law.

Committee members must have expertise in international agriculture, trade and development, especially as they relate to emerging market economies. They serve without compensation.

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.