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FAMU Dean Robert Taylor Reappointed to USDA NAREEE Advisory Board


Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Dean Robert W. Taylor, Ph.D., has been reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economic (NAREEE) Advisory Board.

As a member of the advisory board, Taylor will represent the National Crop, Soil, Agronomy, Horticulture or Weed Science Society.

“We are very excited to have you on board in order to continue our work for the USDA and the [NAREEE] mission. The participation and engagement of folks like you make our work that much more impactful,” said Michele Esch, NAREEE executive director, in a letter announcing Taylor’s reappointment.

According to the USDA, the NAREEE Advisory Board provides guidance to the Secretary of Agriculture and to land-grant institutions on “the top priorities and policies for agricultural and food research, education, extension and economics.”
Taylor will serve as one of 25 members of the national board. His term is effective March 2014 through September 2016.

Taylor was named dean of the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences in 2012. Prior to coming to FAMU, Taylor served as a professor of soil and environmental chemistry and former dean of the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Alabama A&M University.

Taylor previously served as the director of the National Science Foundation CREST Center for Forest Ecosystems Assessment, director of the Alabama A&M Center for Environmental Research and Training and acting deputy division director of the National Science Foundation Division of Biological Infrastructure.

He received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee University), and his master’s degree in soil microbiology and Ph.D. in soil chemistry from Michigan State University.
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