Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of members to the Minority Farmer Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Secretary on implementation of outreach and assistance efforts to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The advisory committee also promotes the participation of minority farmers and ranchers in USDA programs and supports civil rights activities with USDA.
"The Obama Administration is committed to ushering in a new era of civil rights at USDA," Visack said. "This advisory committee will provide guidance that will ensure that all eligible applicants for our programs are served in an equal and fair manner and will enable USDA to enhance opportunities for minority farmers and ranchers."
The nominees include socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers; representatives of nonprofit organizations that work with minority farmers and ranchers; civil rights professionals; representatives from institutions of higher learning; and other persons the Secretary deems appropriate. Members of the committee are appointed for two year terms.