The Specialty Crop Committee, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on research priorities, meets Oct. 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

The group will give input to the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, reviewing projects and goals of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, according to a news release from the USDA.

The meeting will be at the Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, but must register for the meeting by contacting Shirley Morgan-Jordan at or by calling (202) 720-3684.

The Specialty Crop Committee was established by the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 as a permanent subcommittee of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board to study the scope and effectiveness of research, extension, and economics programs affecting the specialty crops industry, according to the release. The Agricultural Act of 2014 further expanded the duties of the Specialty Crop Committee to consult with NIFA on the establishment of a relevancy review process for the research Initiative, according to the release.