USDA Seeks Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Committee Members

The Department of Agriculture is asking for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

First established in 1992, the committee advises the Agriculture Secretary to enhance USDA’s goals for new farming and ranching operations.

Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for themselves or other qualified experts by October 10th.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, “USDA is committed to helping the beginning farmer, the young farmer, access and make use of USDA programs.”

USDA is soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals from among ranching and farming producers, related state and tribal agricultural entities, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade associations, and related nonprofit enterprises.

The Agriculture Secretary may appoint up to 20 members to the committee.