The term “Department” means the Department of Agriculture.
The Foundation shall not be an agency or instrumentality of the United States Government.
The Board shall be composed of appointed and ex-officio, nonvoting members.
The ex-officio members shall ensure that a majority of the appointed members of the Board have actual experience in agriculture or agricultural research and, to the extent practicable, represent diverse sectors of agriculture.
No employee of the Federal Government may serve as an appointed member of the Board under this subparagraph.
Appointment to the Board under this subparagraph shall not constitute Federal employment.
All appointed members of the Board shall be voting members.
The term of each member of the Board appointed under paragraph (2)(C) shall be 5 years, except that of the members initially appointed, 8 of the members shall each be appointed for a term of 3 years and 7 of the members shall each be appointed for a term of 2 years.
If a member of the Board does not serve the full term applicable under clause (i), the individual appointed to fill the resulting vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the term of the predecessor of the individual.
A member of the Board may continue to serve after the expiration of the term of the member until a successor is appointed.
The Executive Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Board.
Any recipient of a grant under subsection (d)(1)(A) shall provide the Foundation with a report at the conclusion of any research or studies conducted that describes the results of the research or studies, including any data generated.
The Foundation may use the funds made available under subparagraph (A) to carry out the purposes, duties, and powers of the Foundation only to the extent that the Foundation secures an equal amount of matching funds from a non-Federal source, including an agricultural commodity promotion, research, and information program.
Nothing in this section requires the Foundation to require a matching contribution from an individual grantee as a condition of receiving a grant under this section.