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.

The USDA is soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals from among ranching and farming producers (industry), related government, State, and Tribal agricultural agencies, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade associations, and related nonprofit enterprises. An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership; alternatively, an individual may nominate herself or himself. Nomination packages should include a nomination form along with a cover letter or resume that documents the nominee’s background and experience. Nomination forms are available on the Internet HERE.

More on the nomination process can be found HERE.

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