WASHINGTON, December 28, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published last week a Notice of Intent to Renew the Charter for its Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The notice also included a request for nominations for two-year membership terms.

This Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on  matters broadly affecting new farmers and ranchers— leveraging best practices toenhance Department goals for new farming and ranching operations. The Committee will also consider goals and objectives necessary to implement its recommendations from the prior term.