DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.fsa.usda.gov/tobcom/ 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.]
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