The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement serves as the coordinating body for the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers and Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. The information provided below is to assist you in identifying relevant USDA Advisory Committees. We encourage and welcome nominations that ensure all stakeholders are adequately represented on these advisory committees
This committee advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the administration of the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grant Program. It also advises the Secretary on how to increase participation of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in USDA programs and advises the Secretary about civil rights activities of USDA as such activities affect USDA programs.
The committee advises the Secretary on ways to develop programs to provide coordinated assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers while maximizing new farming and ranching opportunities. The committee also works to enhance and expand federal-state partnerships to provide financing for beginning farmers and ranchers.