WASHINGTON  – Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of 33 members to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC), including Calloway County farmer and Kentucky Farm Bureau Second Vice President Sharon Furches.

Established in 2008, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and rural communities.

Congressman James Comer recommended Furches for the position and praised her experience and qualifications for serving as a voice for agriculture.

“Congratulations to my dear friend Sharon Furches for her appointment to the EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee, a position I was proud to recommend her for and know she will excel in. Her background on the farm, leadership in Kentucky Farm Bureau and strong relationships within the agriculture community have prepared her well to serve in this key role.”

In selecting committee members, the EPA reviewed the quality of applications received for nearly 150 nominations, considering qualifications including experience in agriculture issues, leadership experience, and whether they are actively engaged in agricultural production.

 The 33 nominees will constitute a new committee, with each serving two or three-year terms beginning on June 15.  

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