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Advisory Committee on 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.

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. Members serve terms of up to two years.

Current Committee Members (2019 – 2021)

Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Charter

Past Committee Meetings

Teleconference | May 19, 2020

Federal Register Notice

Agenda (DOCX, 49.7 KB)

Transcript (PDF)

Meeting Presentations (Video)


CANCELLED: Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, March 16, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of attendees, the American Farm Bureau Federation has cancelled the March 13-16 Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR) was scheduled to meet on March 16 during this conference hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement will share news about a rescheduled ACBFR date as information becomes available. For further information, please contact

Federal Register Notice



COMMITTEE MEETING - October 31-November 1 - Indianapolis, Indiana


COMMITTEE MEETING - September 29-30, 2016 - Cleveland Airport Marriott


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.

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Maria Goldberg
Designated Federal Official
USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Room 520-A, Stop 0601
Washington, D.C. 20250-0170
Phone: 202-720-6350