Wednesday, January 4, 2023

USDA January 18-20, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (ACMF)

Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) is announcing a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers (ACMF). USDA Secretary Vilsack is committed to actions that enhance minority farmers' ability to produce and thrive as businesses through USDA's customer service enhancements, expanded outreach, technical assistance, and capacity building. To that end, the ACMF will likewise recommend action-oriented strategies for maximizing the participation of minority farmers by leveraging those programs that ensure a food secure nation and effectively steward our natural resources. These principals will usher in business growth and opportunity for those minority agricultural communities plagued with fragile economies in decline.

DATES:

The ACMF meeting will begin on ....
       January 18-20, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Time will be allotted at the end of each morning and afternoon for comments from those attending.

Public participants may also view the committee proceedings and presentations via Zoom: https://ems8.intellor.com/​login/​846392. 

Meeting ID and passcode is not required. The call-in numbers and code for listening only access are:

  • US Toll Free: 888-251-2949
  • US Toll: 215-861-0694
  • Access Code: 2154 982#

All persons wishing to make comments during the in-person meeting must check-in each day at the registration table. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than what can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session timeframe, OPPE may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled public comment session.

Meeting Pre-Registration and Public Comments: The public is asked to pre-register for the meeting by January 17, 2023, at https://ems8.intellor.com/​?do=​register&​t=​1&​p=​846389. 

For pre-registrations, we request your name, organization or affiliation, and intent to give oral comments. 

Participants may also submit written comments for the committee's consideration via the pre-registration link ( https://ems8.intellor.com/​?do=​register&​t=​1&​p=​846389). 

Written comments must be received by or before January 17, 2023.

Members of the public who sign up to give oral comments to the Committee will be allowed time according to the number of speakers scheduled for each morning and afternoon public comment period. Members joining virtually may also request permission to give oral comments and will be instructed by the conference moderator on when and how to make live comments. Please remember that the comments made during the meeting will be added to the committee record only. Direct engagement or exchanges with committee members is not permitted while the meeting is in session.

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