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Farm Service Agency

President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in 
Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public 

AGENCY: Farm Service Agency, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Meeting.


SUMMARY: Executive Order No. 13168 published September 22, 2000, 
established the President's Commission on Improving Economic 
Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While 
Protecting Public Health (Commission). This notice announces that the 
Commission will conduct a public meeting on May 4, 2001. The purpose of 
the meeting will be to finalize recommendations from tobacco, economic 
development, and health working groups in preparation of the 
Commission's Final Report.

DATES: The Commission will meet on May 4, 2001, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 
p.m. at 2101 L Street, NW, Room 303A, Washington, DC. If special 
accommodations are required, please contact Doug Richardson, at the 
address specified below, by COB April 30, 2001. All times are Eastern 
Daylight Savings Time. All meetings are open to the public; however, 
seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Richardson, Executive Director, 
Tobacco Commission, United States Department of Agriculture, (USDA), 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 0574, Washington, D.C., 20250-0574 
or telephone (202) 418-4266 or toll free (866) 804-6698; FAX (202) 418-
4270; Internet:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the Commission is to advise 
the President on changes occurring in the tobacco farming economy and 
recommend such measures as may be necessary to improve economic 
opportunity and development in communities that are dependent on 
tobacco production, while protecting consumers, particularly children, 
from hazards associated with smoking. The Commission collected and 
reviewed information about changes in the tobacco farming economy and 
Federal, State, and local initiatives intended to help tobacco growers, 
tobacco quota holders, and communities dependent on tobacco production 
pursue new economic opportunities. The Commission issued its 
Preliminary Report on January 26, 2001, with comments requested through 
March 8, 2001. Copies of the Preliminary Report are available on the 
Commission's website at or by 
contacting the Commission's office at the contact information listed 
above. All comments received through March 8, 2001, and up to the 
meeting on March 20, 2001, with respect to the Preliminary Report were 
reviewed by the Commission in its public meetings conducted on February 
21, 2001, and March 20, 2001.
    The Commission, in its March 20, 2001, meeting, also reviewed 
revised recommendations from two working groups representing the farm 
and economic development areas of the Commission. The health working 
group indicated that they had no new issues ready for discussion in the 
March 20, 2001, meeting. After this review, the Commission directed 
that each working group further revise their recommendations based on 
input received from the meeting and other recommendations to the 
Commission and prepare their final working group recommendations.
    The purpose of the May 4, 2001, meeting is to review the final 
recommendations from the tobacco, economic development and health 
working groups in order to prepare the Final Report to the President.

    Signed at Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2001.
James R. Little,
Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
[FR Doc. 01-10079 Filed 4-19-01; 1:14 p.m.]