USDA is currently seeking nominations for committee membership. Prospective members have until October 10, 2023 to respond. Check the recent Federal Register Notice for more information. To apply, complete this Form AD755 (PDF, 2.1 MB) and submit it with your resume and a cover letter describing your interest.
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
- 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
- Transcripts and Recordings
- Recommendations from the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers to Secretary Perdue - April 18, 2018 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers to Secretary Vilsack - August 31, 2015 (PDF, 935 KB)
- USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Recommendations on Land Tenure to Secretary Vilsack - August 31, 2015 (PDF, 51.9 KB)
RESOURCES FOR BEGINNING FARMERS AND RANCHERS
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.
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