Topeka, KS (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of eight individuals, including Twilya L'Ecuyer with CURE Group, to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.
The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics. In addition, the Board holds stakeholder listening sessions, reviews draft guidance for competitive-grant programs, advises the Agriculture Research Service on its scientific peer review process for national programs, conducts an annual review of all agricultural research, extension, or education activities conducted or funded by the Department for relevance to national priorities and adequacy of funding, and advises the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area in the development of its draft Strategic Plan.
Twilya L’Ecuyer, farmer, and business owner began a three-year term representing category T Rural Economic Development. L’Ecuyer is a partner in L’Ecuyer Farms a mid-sized diversified conventional farm including row crop, hay & forage, wheat and a cow/calf operation. She also owns and operates L’Ecuyer Gardens a small produce farm that has served natural foods and four-star restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska. L’Ecuyer also serves on the Kansas Department of Agriculture Ag Marketing Board and is the Executive Director for the Fairbury Housing Authority in Fairbury, Nebraska.
L’Ecuyer also owns C.U.R.E. (Creating Urban and Rural Excellence) Group a consulting company in providing business support and training for farms, rural and agriculture-based businesses, nonprofits and rural community development throughout the Great Plains. C.U.R.E. Group works with individuals, organizations and communities to achieve improved results through strategic planning, leadership development, empowerment and total quality management. L’Ecuyer is facilitator and Innermetrix certified through Resource Associates Corporation of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She is also Total Quality Management certified through the Total Quality Institute also of Wyomissing. L’Ecuyer also serves on the Kansas Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Advisory Board.
The following members have also been appointed to a 3-year term effective October 1, 2013: