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Equity Commission: Shaping Change at USDA

At USDA, we acknowledge we have not done enough to provide all farmers and ranchers an equal chance of success and prosperity. We are committed to changing that, actively working to build a USDA that ensures none of our customers are ignored or left behind.

Yvonne Lee, former Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights attends the U.S. Department of Agriculture Equity Commission meeting


About the Equity Commission

This 15-member independent commission is charged with evaluating USDA programs and services and will recommend how we can reduce barriers for accessing them. Using this information, USDA will make needed changes so that our programs, services and decisions reflect the values of equity and inclusion. This will ensure everyone has a fair shot at resources, begin closing the racial wealth gap and addressing longstanding inequities in agriculture.

The work of the Equity Commission will empower USDA to objectively confront the hard reality of past discrimination and its lingering harm; helping USDA build back better, and serve our customers more fairly and equitably.

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Equity Commission Meetings

The Equity Commission will meet up to four times each year, either virtually or face-to-face. All Equity Commission meetings are open to the public.

An Equity Commission meeting
May 10-11, 2022

The second public meeting of the Equity Commission (EC or Commission) and its Agriculture Subcommittee was held May 10 - 11, 2022. It was a hybrid meeting conducted in person and via Zoom.

Agenda (PDF, 141 KB)

Meeting Slides (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Zoom Chat Comments (PDF, 251 KB)

Presentation on Farm Workers (PPTX, 71.7 MB)

Flickr Album

Tribal Consultation Papers (Referenced and Distributed during the Meeting)

USDA Equity Commission Virtual Meeting - May 10th Recording

USDA Equity Commission Virtual Meeting - May 11th Recording

Federal Register Notice

February 28, 2022

The inaugural meeting of the Equity Commission (EC or Commission) and its Agriculture Subcommittee was held virtually on February 28, 2022. Members of the public who registered by February 21st had the opportunity to sign up to provide oral comments during the meeting. Members of the public were also invited to submit written comments in their registration form and via email to The public comment period was open until March 15, 2022. All meeting materials, including public comments, are posted below.

Meeting Agenda (PDF, 65.9 KB)

Meeting Slides (PDF, 858 KB)

Meeting Minutes (PDF, 543 KB)

Written Comments (PDF, 26.7 MB)

Zoom Chat Comments (PDF, 1.5 MB)


Meeting Recording





Media Inquiries


Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh welcomes committee members at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Equity Commission meeting