Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is asking for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. This committee will advise on how to provide outreach and assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, methods to maximize participation of minority farmers and ranchers in USDA programs and civil rights activities related to program participation.
The Secretary says the committee, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, will help ensure that USDA provides the proper outreach and assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers so that they have the opportunity to fully participate in all of USDA's programs. The committee will be composed of not more than 15 members. Nominations should describe and document the proposed member's qualifications and must be received at USDA by May 24.
The membership will include no less than four socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers; representatives of nonprofit organizations with a history of working with minority farmers and ranchers; civil rights professionals; and representatives of institutions of higher education with demonstrated experience working with minority farmers and ranchers along with others that the Secretary may select.