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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 it 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.

Committee Meetings

COMMITTEE MEETING - September 29-30, 2016 - Cleveland Airport Marriott

A committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day. Please see the link below to obtain additional information:

The following documents distributed during the meeting are as follows:
1. The agenda can be viewed by clicking here.
2. Agency presentations can be viewed by clicking here.
3. The transcripts from the meeting can be viewed by clicking here september 29 | clicking here september 30

COMMITTEE MEETING - August 3-4, 2015

A committee meeting was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, August 3 and 4, 2015, from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. CST. The committee was convened to consider issues involving access to land, farm business transition, and land tenure. The members deliberated on recommendations to be prepared for USDA Secretarial consideration. The meeting was open to the public. Public written comments for the committee's consideration were also submitted. A listen-only line was available during the entire meeting for all to listen in on the meeting or make public comments. Members of the public also submitted written comments for consideration to the committee.

This public advisory committee meeting was held at the Kansas City Airport Marriott, 775 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64153.

History, Purpose, and Transparency

New Subcommittee on Land Tenure


The Secretary of Agriculture has established a Subcommittee on Land Tenure to hear from industry professionals and from the public on issues involving access to land, farm business transition and land tenure. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted 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 on 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 was set aside for public comments. All persons wishing to make comments during this meeting were allowed a maximum of three minutes and scheduled on a first-come basis. Written submissions were 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 were submitted 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 was available and open for public comments from 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, June 23, for all who wanted to participate remotely.

Charter and Notices

We accepted applications for new members on this committee through July 17, 2015. All nominees/applicants completed Form AD-755 (ver. 2012) and submitted 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 expired. A call for nominations was published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2015. We will be publishing the final list of appointed members shortly.

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 last Public Meeting Details held in Austin, TX on September 23 - September 24, 2014