April 21, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing
Service (AMS) will hold a teleconference meeting of the
Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Board, on May 1, 2008. The
meeting will be held in the AMS Conference Room, Room 3074,
South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.
The meeting is open to the public. All prospective attendees
planning to attend are required to register with the PVP Office
at (301) 504-5518 before April 30.
The board consists of 14 individuals who are experts in various
areas of varietal development. These individuals are appointed
by the Secretary of Agriculture, and include representatives
from the private or seed industry sector, the public or
government sector and farmer representatives.
The board advises the secretary about the rules and regulations
needed to facilitate proper administration of the PVP Act; makes
advisory decisions on all appeals from the examiner and advises
the secretary on questions related to section 44 of the PVP Act
on public interest in wide usage of a protected variety.
The meeting notice and proposed agenda will be published in the
April 21, 2008, Federal Register. Minutes of the meeting will be
available for public review 30 days following the meeting and
will be posted on the Web site,
AMS administers the PVP Act, which provides time-limited
marketing protection to developers of new and distinct
seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants ranging from farm
crops to flowers.
For more information, contact the Plant Variety Protection
Office at (301) 504-5518; fax (301) 504-5291; or the Internet at