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USDA - 5140 - Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameTask Force on Agricultural Air Quality ResearchAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number5140
Original Establishment Date8/23/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detai...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date7/2/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Greg
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority7USC 5405Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Zwicke
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*7USC 5405; Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform (FAIR) ActDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(970) 295-5621
Effective Date Of Authority*4/4/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*greg.zwicke@usda.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was established to ensure intergovernmental cooperation in research activities relating to agricultural air quality. The Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on his/her role in providing oversight and coordination on agricultural air quality. It meets two to three times a year to discuss agricultural production and air quality in different geographic regions, thereby improving members' understanding of local problems/issues.
How is membership balanced?*The members represent all NRCS regions within the United States. In addition, members represent the following disciplines: agricultural production, agricultural industry, agricultural air quality research, and the health sciences/regulators/public interest.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee meets 2-3 times annually to review scientific research related to agricultural air quality and develop recommendations to address current issues. Subcommittees meet between meetings by teleconference on an as needed basis. In addition to providing recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on research priorities (e.g., particulate matter, odors, and ozone) and associated funding, the Committee has developed recommendations at the request of EPA on agricultural burning, voluntary programs and emission reduction credits. The Committee has also carried out a broad survey on high priority emission factors which is being used in conjunction with recommended research needs and priorities.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee was mandated from the 1996 FAIR Act (Farm Bill), and has been in existence since then, overseen by the USDA-NRCS. The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force advises the Secretary of Agriculture on his/her role in oversight and coordination related to agricultural air quality, ensuring governmental policies issued to address agricultural air pollution problems are scientifically sound and economically feasible. Current policies are being revised based on new or proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and ozone. In addition, climate change and GHG guidelines, policies and regulations are under development.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings are open to the public and there are no plans to have closed meetings.
Recommendation RemarksThe AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020 and membership was selected in January 2021. No meetings were held in FY21 as the new Administration has decided to review the current membership. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently in the process of being renewed. The Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality has been beneficial in making recommendations on research and priorities for research in addition to making recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture to ensure that, relative to air quality, agriculture is regulated based on sound science.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNo new recommendations in FY2022. The AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentA primary focus of this task force is to make sure that sound science is applied to regulatory decisions. When sound science is applied, there is a greater probability that regulations are warranted and appropriate. The end result besides environmental benefits is the benefit that the cost was appropriate and achieved the goal. It is difficult to determine a cost savings for this result.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*62Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo new recommendations in FY2022. The AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNo new recommendations in FY2022. The AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*60.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNo new recommendations in FY2022. The AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*AAQTF members are typically provided feedback on their recommendations during the meeting following their submission of the recommendations.Narrative Description*The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force has been created in accordance with Section 391 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act of 1996, which directs the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, to establish a task force to address agricultural air quality issues. The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) was established to comply with Congress and consists of leaders in farming, industry, health, and science. In 1996, Congress found that various studies have alleged that agriculture is a source of PM10 emissions and that many of these studies have often been based on erroneous data. Congress also cited ongoing research by the Department of Agriculture and that federal policy, in regard to air pollution, be based on sound scientific findings that are subject to adequate peer review and take into account economic feasibility. The Secretary of Agriculture was charged to ensure that Departmental federal air quality research not report erroneous data. The AAQTF has been inactive since expiration of the charter in April 2017. The AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$3,644.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$75,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$7,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$20,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$9,000.00
Total Costs$3,644.00Est. Total Next FY*$111,500.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/15/2022 5:45 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.02Est Cost RemarksThe AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed. It is expected that the charter will be renewed early in FY23, with the next membership solicitation occurring shortly thereafter. There are 1-2 meetings anticipated for FY23 once the new membership is selected.
Cost RemarksThe AAQTF charter was renewed on July 2, 2020. Membership was selected in January 2021. However, the new Administration has decided to review the AAQTF membership, and no meetings were held in FY22. The charter expired on July 2, 2022, and is currently being renewed. Minimal Federal Staff Support was provided to prepare the charter renewal package.  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Agriculture
Agriculture
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Environment
Environmental Issues
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039803Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2021
 COM-038299Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2020
 COM-036067Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2019
 COM-033391Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2018
 COM-002141Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2017
 COM-002496Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2016
 COM-003287Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2015
 COM-004321Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2014
 COM-005458Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2013
 COM-006382Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2012
 COM-008524Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2011
 COM-008588Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2010
 COM-010115Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2009
 COM-010557Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2008
 COM-012073Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2007
 COM-012407Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2006
 COM-014236Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2005
 COM-014454Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2004
 COM-016178Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2003
 COM-016219Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2002
 COM-018020Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2001
 COM-018207Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research2000
 COM-019938Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research1999
 COM-020286Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research1998
 COM-021978Task Force on Agricultural Air Quality Research1997