COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Zerle L. Carpenter, associate vice chancellor for agriculture with The Texas A&M UNiversity System and director of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, has been named to a newly-created national agricultural advisory board.
Carpenter was one of 30 agricultural leaders across the nation named by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board.
Carpenter also was elected to the board’s executive committee. He will serve a two-year term.
The other Texan on the Board is Jerry Don Glover, a Muleshoe farmer who is representing the Texas Corn Producers Board.
The new advisory board was authorized by the 1996 Farm Bill for the purpose of advising the secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on agricultural research, extension, education and economics policies and priorities. The nationwide search for board members produced more than 400 nominees.
“It is an honor for me to represent the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System and all of Texas agriculture on this important advisory board,” Carpenter said. “Because agriculture is a major industry in Texas, it is vital for our state to be represented on this key national board.”
Carpenter has held numerous key national leadership positions related to agriculture in recent years. He chaired the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy in 1993 and is currently co- chairing a joint national research-extension Futuring Task Force for the Board on Agriculture of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant College.