Wednesday, April 13

USDA to hold Public Meeting of Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

Baton Rouge, La. - A public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 1:00 -5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and, Thursday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CST. To register for the meeting, please send an email to: and include your name, organization and contact information. The meeting venue is as follows: 
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.  Tel: (504) 613-2330.
An agenda will be made available during the meeting.  For those participating remotely, the agenda will be available prior to the meeting at: Presentations on policies and programs affecting minority farmers will be made by, but not limited to, the following USDA agencies:
  • Farm and Foreign Agriculture Service Programs (international trade opportunities)
  • Rural Development (renewable energy opportunities)
The Committee will also deliberate on issues involving minority farmers and will deliberate on recommendations to be prepared for USDA Secretarial consideration.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  The meeting will also be available via teleconference in "listen-only" mode by dialing the number below:
(888) 455-1685 and enter passcode 4225205#
Persons who wish to make in-person comments must sign in by 1:00 pm CSTeach day. Also, any questions and written statements may be submitted in advance of the meeting to or via fax to: (202) 720–7136. You may also mail statements to:
Kenya Nicholas, Designated Federal Officer, OAO, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Whitten Bldg., Room 520–A, Mail Stop 0601, Washington, D.C. 20250.

For further information, please call (202) 720–6350 or send an email to:

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