CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
to submit nominations:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting
nominations from qualified industry members to serve
2013-2015 Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory
An official notice was published in the Federal
Register on Monday, November 25, 2013. This
Committee, which consists of members from all
aspects of the fruit and vegetable industry,
provides advice and recommendations the Secretary of
Agriculture on issues of importance to the industry.
Are you interested in serving or do you know someone
who may be qualified to serve?
The Committee is composed of 25 new and former
members from every capacity within the industry.
Growers/Producers, Wholesalers, Distributors,
Farmers Market Managers, Food Hubs and Cooperatives,
Association leaders, Retailers, Food Service
suppliers and State department of agriculture
leaders are all welcome to submit a nomination.
Committee members serve a two-three year term.
Interested candidates may nominate themselves, or
nominate someone else – either is acceptable.
Committee members meet in the Washington DC metro
region to review and discuss specific issues that
impact the fruit and vegetable industry, and develop
recommendations that are sent to the Secretary of
Agriculture for his consideration. USDA’s
Agricultural Marketing Service manages the
Committee member duties include:
- Attend 2 meetings per year
- Periodically meet with designated work groups via
- Have the ability to work effectively within a
large group setting
*Members of the Committee are reimbursed by the USDA
for approved travel and associated lodging expenses
as determined by official federal government
guidelines and regulations.
you can answer yes to any of the following
questions, you may be eligible:
are actively working within the fruit and vegetable
industry in the capacity of:
- Retail (including farmers markets, CSAs, food
- Foodservice suppliers
- State agencies involved in organic and non-organic
fruits and vegetables at local, regional and
- State departments of agriculture leadership
- Fruit and vegetable industry trade associations
- You are not currently serving or have been
elected to serve on another USDA advisory committee
or research and promotions council/ board during
this full two year term
- You are not registered as a lobbyist with the
federal or state government
For more information contact Pam Stanziani,
Designated Federal Officer, at
Executive Order No. 13490, 18 June 2010, prohibits
an individual who is registered with the federal
government or with a state government as a lobbyist
from serving on a federal advisory committee.