Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and RanchersOn November 21, 2013, USDA announced new appointments (farmers, advocates, technical service providers and bankers) to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC): This well-established though recently dormant advisory committee serves an important role in providing a direct link between the beginning farmer community, lenders, and USDA, and helps to inform federal programs and policies that expand opportunities for new farmers to build a career in agriculture. Specific expertise and areas of focus for the committee include farm transition, generational farm transfers, new farmer training, access to land and credit, and emerging opportunities for new farmers within local and regional food systems. According to NSAC, the committee’s next meeting will be announced in the Federal Register prior to the meeting and will include the meeting date, details and topics for discussion. Links! The USDA’s press release can be found here. The committee’s website can be accessed here, though it’s not yet updated with the new members yet. You can see a list of new members on NSAC’s blog here and read more about the committee.