WASHINGTON D.C., May 22, 2013 - USDA is seeking applications for a two-year term to serve on the government’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. 

“Members of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers play a critical role in helping USDA ensure modern and equitable service for all of our customers," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I highly encourage the nomination of folks who are interested in serving their community."

The Committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters broadly affecting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and considers strategies, policies, and programs that enhance goals for assisting minority farming and ranching operations.

Requests for nominations were sent to interested organizations and individuals from the ranching and farming industry, related State governments, Tribal agricultural agencies, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade associations and related nonprofit enterprises. Organizations are allowed to nominate within and outside their membership, and individuals are allowed to nominate themselves. 

Nomination forms are available on the Internet at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/forms/doc/AD-755.pdf. Nomination packages must include the nomination form along with a cover letter and resume or biographical description documenting the nominee's background and experience.The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31, 2013.


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