On November 19, 2015, USDA published a Notice of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) Meeting in the Federal Register. The meeting will review the purpose, history, operational process, and member responsibilities of AC21; update committee members on relevant regulatory developments, initiatives, and USDA activities; and outline new tasks for the committee to address. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to make oral statements, as long as they contact Dr. Michael Schechtman about presenting a statement at least three business days before the meeting. The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on December 14 and 15, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days.
Dr. Schechtman may also be contacted for specific questions about the committee or this meeting. His contact details are: via mail, Dr. Michael Schechtman, Designated Federal Official, Office of the Deputy Secretary, USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 202B, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250; Telephone (202) 720-3817; Fax (202) 690-4265; and e-mail AC21@ars.usda.gov. General information about the committee can be found online.