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Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Current News

Thanks to all who submitted nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers by the October 10, 2023 deadline. Please stay tuned for updates as we work through the process and examine each nominee’s qualifications. You may inquire about status or send questions to

Congress authorized the Committee in 1992 and since its inception, the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR) has been integral to USDA strategy to engage and support our new and beginning farmers. The USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) administers the ACBFR.


The USDA Secretary may appoint up to 20 members to the ACBFR. The members are representatives from state beginning farming programs; commercial lenders; private nonprofit organizations, community colleges and other higher education institutions, and other entities or persons providing lending or technical assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers. The Secretary may also appoint Regular Government Employees from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency. Members are appointed to 2-year terms and may seek reappointment.


Charters and Membership

Past Charters

Federal Register Notices


Federal Register notice (June 2, 2021)

Federal Register notice (PDF, 253 KB) (October 31, 2020)

Federal Register Notice (May 19, 2020)

Federal Register Notice (CANCELLED: Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, March 16, 2020)

Agendas and Minutes
  • Agenda (PDF, 140 KB) (June 2, 2021)

  • Agenda (DOCX, 49.7 KB) (May 19, 2020)

  • Agenda (PDF, 36.3 KB) (October 31, 2020)

  • Minutes (DOCX, 66.1 KB) (October 31, 2020)

Transcripts and Recordings


USDA New Farmers

USDA is an “Every Day, Every Way” department that touches the lives of every American, every day by supporting the agriculture sector, strengthening rural communities, promoting healthy eating, and helping to protect our natural resources. At the forefront of our mission is the support we provide to farmers to help them start—and continue—farming. If you have been wondering where to start at USDA, this is the place for you. Answer a few questions in our New Farmers Discovery Tool and we'll pull together personalized information we think will be helpful for you.

USDA - Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coordinators

NRCS - Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

RMA - Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) and Veteran Farmer and Rancher (VFR)

ERS – 2018 Farm Bill Highlights

FSA – Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans

NIFA - Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Contact Us

Ms. R. Jeanese Cabrera
Designated Federal Officer
Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Mail Stop 0601, Room 524-A
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-6350

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