[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 103 (Wednesday, May 31, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 24934-24935]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-11214]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of Advocacy and Outreach


Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR) 
Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA.

ACTION: Solicitation for nominations.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is 
hereby given that the Secretary of Agriculture is soliciting 
nominations for membership for the Advisory Committee on Beginning 
Farmers and Ranchers (the ``Committee'').
    Interested persons may submit applications and nomination packages 
which can be downloaded at: https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755.

DATES: Consideration will be given to nominations received on or before 
June 15, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Nomination packages may be sent by postal mail or commercial 
delivery to: Mrs. Kenya Nicholas, Designated Federal Official, USDA 
OAO, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 520-A, Washington, DC 20250-
0601 or faxed to (202) 720-7704.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mrs. Kenya Nicholas, Designated 
Federal Official, USDA OAO, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 520-A, 
Washington, DC 20250-0601; Telephone (202) 720-6350; Fax (202) 720-
7704; Email: kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee advises the Secretary of 
Agriculture on matters broadly affecting

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new farmers and ranchers including strategies, policies, and programs 
that will enhance opportunities and create new farming and ranching 
operations. The Committee will consider Department goals and objectives 
necessary to implement prior recommendations. The Committee will 
develop and recommend an overall framework and strategies to encompass 
principles that leverage and maximize existing programs, and create and 
test new program opportunities.
    On March 7, 2017, we published in the Federal Register (FR DOC# 
2017-04392, Page 12782) a Notice of Solicitation for Membership. 
Applications were required to be received on or before March 31, 2017. 
We are re-issuing this announcement to extend the submission period to 
June 15, 2017. Prior applicants are not required to reapply.
    In this notice, we are soliciting nominations from interested 
organizations and individuals from among ranching and farming producers 
(industry), related government, State, and Tribal agricultural 
agencies, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade 
associations, and related nonprofit enterprises. An organization may 
nominate individuals from within or outside its membership; 
alternatively, an individual may nominate herself or himself. 
Nomination packages should include a nomination form along with a cover 
letter or resume that documents the nominee's background and 
experience. The membership term shall not exceed 2 years from the date 
of appointment. The Secretary may also appoint others as deemed 
necessary and appropriate to fulfill the Advisory Committee on 
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers charter. An organization may nominate 
individuals from within or outside its membership; alternatively, an 
individual may nominate herself or himself. Nomination packages should 
include a nomination form along with a cover letter or resume that 
documents the nominee's background and experience. Nomination forms are 
available on the Internet at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755 
or may be obtained from Mrs. Kenya Nicholas at the email address or 
telephone number noted above.
    The Secretary will fill at least six vacancies from among those 
organizations and individuals solicited, in order to obtain the 
broadest possible representation on the Committee. Equal opportunity 
practices, in line with the USDA policies, will be followed in all 
appointments to the Committee. To ensure that the recommendations of 
the Committee have taken into account the needs of the diverse groups 
served by the Department, membership should include, to the extent 
practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

    Signed in Washington, DC, May 2, 2017.
Christian Obineme,
Associate Director, Office of Advocacy and Outreach.
[FR Doc. 2017-11214 Filed 5-30-17; 8:45 am]
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