JERRY SLOCUM, a farmer and general manager of North Mississippi Grain Company in Senatobia, Miss., is one of 18 persons named by Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to serve on the newly created Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.

Appointees to the committee, which was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. will serve one- or two-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to six consecutive years. “This committee will take a forward look at agriculture biotechnology and will serve as an important resource as USDA addresses emerging issues related to this field,” said Veneman.

The committee is charged with examining the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and providing guidance to USDA on pressing individual issues related to the application of biotechnology in agriculture.