Beginning farmers, ranchers needed for USDA advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a call for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, which advises the Secretary of Agriculture to enhance USDA’s goals for new farming and ranching operations. Members of the public are invited to submit nominations for themselves or other qualified experts by Oct. 10, 2023.

Nomination packages should include a cover letter, a resume that documents the nominee’s background and experience (five pages or less), and a completed USDA Advisory Committee Membership Background Information Form (AD-755 (PDF, 2.1 MB)). Nominees may also provide links and samples of published writings related to matters affecting new farmers and ranchers and letters of endorsement — both are optional. Nomination packages may be sent to For more information, visit USDA’s website.