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Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR)

The Agricultural Credit Improvement Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-554) required the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (Committee). The Committee was formally established on November 25, 1998, and its is to advise the Secretary on (1) programs coordinated for providing financial assistance to qualified beginning farmers and ranchers pursuant to Section 309 (i) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act; (2) methods of maximizing the number of new farming and ranching opportunities created annually; (3) methods of encouraging State partnerships that enhance opportunities for new and beginning farmers and ranchers; (4) administration of the program; and (5) methods to create new farming or ranching opportunities.

History, Purpose, and Transparency

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Charter and Notices

All nominees/applicants must complete Form AD-755 (ver. 2012) and submit with a resume or CV. The current ACBFR 2012 - 2014 charter is effective through December 2014. A notice of intent to renew charter will be published in the Federal Register in the Fall of 2014.

Committee Members

To ensure well-rounded advice and recommendations, this Committee represents a broad spectrum of agricultural interests from among the new and beginning farming and ranching community. Its members will remain culturally, technically, and geographically diverse throughout its tenure. You may send questions or comments for consideration by the Committee members via email at

Contact Information

Please Contact Us if you have any questions:
Kenya Nicholas
Designated Federal Officer (DFO)
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Room 535-A
Washington, DC 20250
Office (202) 720-6350 Fax (202) 720-7136

Click Here for the Public Meeting Details on September 23 - September 24, 2014