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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

New Subcommittee on Land Tenure

The Secretary of Agriculture has established a Subcommittee on Land Tenure and we would like to hear from you on issues involving access to land, farm business transition and land tenure. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) is hosting a meeting of the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee’s (BFRAC) Subcommittee on Land Tenure (Subcommittee) to consider issues involving access to land, farm business transition and land tenure.

The meeting will be held June 22-24, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST at Drake University, Old Main, Levitt Hall, 25th and University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311. Tuesday, June 23, from 10:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST has been set aside for public comments. All persons wishing to make comments during this meeting must check in between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. CST on June 23, at the registration table. All public commenters will be allowed a maximum of three minutes and scheduled on a first-come basis. Written submissions are encouraged to either be less than one page in length, or be accompanied by an executive summary and a summary of policy initiatives to include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • How are farmers currently making farm business transitions and land or asset transfers between generations and non-family owners?
  • How do changes in agricultural land tenure, such as increased reliance on leasing, impact the ability of USDA to serve the needs of America's farm families?
  • How do changes in land tenure affect the access and availability of farmland for new and beginning farmers?
  • How do we help farms plan for transitions in advance and best support those who inherit farmland?

Public written comments for the Subcommittee’s consideration may be submitted by close of business on June 19, 2015, to Mrs. Kenya Nicholas, Designated Federal Official, USDA OAO, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 520-A, Washington, DC 20250-0170, Phone (202) 720-6350, Fax (202) 720-7704, Email: A conference call line will be available and open for public comments from 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, June 23, for all who wish to listen in on the proceeding through the following telephone number: (888) 566-6179 and enter passcode 3184649. If you are a person with a disability and request reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Mrs. Kenya Nicholas in advance of the meeting by or before close of business on June 19, by phone (202) 720-6350, fax (202) 720-7704, or To provide oral statements in-person or via phone for the subcommittee, please click the button below.

BFR Meeting Sign-Up

Charter and Notices

We will be accepting applications for new members on this committee through July 17, 2015. All nominees/applicants must complete Form AD-755 (ver. 2012) and submit with a resume or CV. The current ACBFR Charter is effective through February 2017.

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

  • Committee Members   for the current term (2013 - 2015) have been appointed. A call for nominations will be published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2015. We will be accepting applications for new members on this committee through July 17, 2015.

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

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