A Purdue University professor was appointed to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committee that provides advice on environmental issues relating to agriculture and rural communities.
Charles Santerre, professor of health and human services, is one of 33 people from across the U.S. appointed to the EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Committee.
“It is an honor to serve on the FRRCC,” said Santerre, professor of health and human sciences. “This important committee continues to provide policy advice to the EPA administrator related to environmental issues affecting the agricultural sector. In times of economic downturn or as we are currently experiencing with the pandemic, rural communities are more severely affected. It is important to understand that rural communities are the life blood of our great nation. Food and agriculture provide a stabilizing influence, especially during these challenging times, and EPA understands that environmental issues play an important role for keeping our rural communities healthy.”
The committee was first established in 2008 and met twice every year, but has not convened during the Trump administration.