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USDA Appoints Members to Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2019 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The newly appointed members serve terms of up to two years through 2021.

Newly appointed members are:

  • Davon L. Goodwin, Raeford, N.C.
  • Katie R. Carpenter, Attica, N.Y.
  • Casey Spradley, Cuba, N.M.
  • Jacob W. Handsaker, Radcliffe, Iowa
  • Adam M. Brown, Decatur, Ill.
  • Amanda Jo Carey Goodfellow, Morley, Mich.
  • Paul Bickford, Ridgeway, Wisc.
  • Jason Brand, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jeffry R. Gittins, Smithfield, Utah
  • Denis Ebodaghe (USDA NIFA)
  • Latrice Hill (USDA FSA)
  • R. Alan Hoskins, Evansville, Ind.
  • Tony Gudajtes, Minto, N.D.
  • Juli Obudzinski, Washington, D.C.
  • John Bailey, Ukiah, Calif.
  • E’licia L. Chaverest, Madison, Ala.
  • Shelby Swain Myers, Crawfordsville, Ind.
  • Liya Schwartzman, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Anusuya Rangarajan, Freeville, N.Y.
  • James Carl Hafer, Colstrip, Mont. is re-appointed to serve a one-year term.

“USDA welcomes the voices of this new advisory team,” said Perdue. “The Committee’s recommendations have been, and will continue to be, thoughtful and representative of feedback from among farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders served by the Department.”

The Committee is made up of 20 members, including representatives for: state beginning farming programs; commercial lenders; private nonprofit organizations with active beginning farmer or rancher programs, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture; the Farm Service Agency; community colleges or other educational institutions with demonstrated experience in training beginning farmers and ranchers, and other entities or persons providing lending or technical assistance for qualified beginning farmers and ranchers. Congress authorized the Committee in 1992 and since its inception, the ACBFR has been an important part of the USDA strategy to engage, support and service new and beginning farmers. The Committee is funded by the Farm Service Agency. USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) provides oversight which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity.

About the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement develops and maintains partnerships focused on solutions to challenges facing rural and underserved communities in the United States, and connects those communities to the education, tools, and resources available to them through U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and initiatives.


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