U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed 11 new people to join eight incumbents as members of the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

The Committee's role is to advise the Secretary on ways to support beginning farmers and ranchers while maximizing their opportunities. "Beginning farmers are a key to 21st-century agriculture and I look forward to working with this committee to help ensure that," said Vilsack. "These new agricultural entrepreneurs are the cornerstone to a vibrant rural America and to the future of all agriculture."


Members serve a two-year term and can be reappointed for up to six consecutive years.