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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent, objective advice to improve government decision making and public policy and to increase public understanding in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Reports from the Academies are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academies to address a particular statement of task.  Committees are balanced to represent various points of view, and committee members are screened for conflict of interest. Committee members serve without pay and deliberate free of outside influence.

Efforts are made to engage the public early on in studies so that all viewpoints are made known to the committee.

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Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) is the major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

A variety of problems and causes drive work on the issues in these fields. Often conflicts arise between growing demands for food and resources and the impacts of developing and producing those resources on the natural ecosystem. The need to sustain, restore, and improve the productivity of agriculture for the economic well-being of the nation can also generate vital questions.

The Board maintains a critical overview of the several fields under its purview so that it is aware of relevant work relating to public policy formulation, research frontiers, technological developments, human resource needs, and economic and social trends. The Board is also responsible for planning new studies, conducting oversight on projects carried out by its subsidiary committees, and making an annual appraisal of emerging issues related to food, fiber, fuel and the natural resource base supporting their production.

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