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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Announces Members for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Committee


Nov 22 - Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers during a trip to the University of Delaware. The committee will provide guidance to the Secretary on expanding opportunities that will help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed in agriculture.

"The next generation of America's farmers and ranchers are more diverse than ever before, have new market opportunities and continue to bring innovative ideas to the agriculture industry," Deputy Secretary Harden said. "The secretary and I look forward to working closely with this advisory committee to continue supporting the promise of agriculture's future. At the same time, we need passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to invest in support and assistance for new farmers in the years to come."

The following individuals have been asked to serve on the committee through September 2015:

The committee will provide public and industry perspectives on USDA strategies, policies and programs to broadly capture the many issues relevant to beginning farmers and ranchers including but not limited to opportunities in local food systems, generational transfers, training and credit. The committee's upcoming meeting will be announced in the Federal Register prior to the meeting and will include the meeting date, details and topics for discussion. Information will also be available on the committee's website at