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USDA - 5315 - Advisory Committee on Small Farms - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Small FarmsAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2004Committee Number5315
Original Establishment Date11/16/1999Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date12/1/2003Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*19
Current Charter Date12/1/1999Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms.
Date Of Renewal Charter12/1/2001Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date12/1/2001Designated Federal Officer First Name*Enrique
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameNelson
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Escobar
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*Departmental Regulation 1043-46Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 720-5394
Effective Date Of Authority*11/16/1999Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 720-0443
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*eescobar@reeusda.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate Required 
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purposes of the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms are (1) to gather and analyze information regarding small farms and ranches within the United States and its Territories, and (2) to recommend to the Secretary of Agriculture actions to take to enhance the viability and economic livelihood of small farms and ranches within the United States. In order to comply with the task, the Committee (a) schedules public hearings during the regular full Committee meetings, (b) develops inquiries to USDA personnel directing programs, (c) Committee members deliberate with farmers, ranchers, extension educators, agricultural scientists, etc., (d) Committee members attend meetings and hearing sessions sponsored by the public and private sectors, (e) the Committee writes letters to the Secretary of Agriculture, and (f) the Committee prepares formal reports to the Secretary of Agriculture with proposed actions to further the sustainability of small farms and ranches.
How is membership balanced?*A notice of intent to establish an advisory committee on small farms and solicit nominations for the committee was published in the Federal Register on June 10, 1999. More than 100 nominations were received by the July 15, 1999, cutoff date. A committee consisting of nine USDA Small Farm Coordinators, headed by the Acting Director of the Small Farm Office, reviewed all nominations and compiled a short list of 45 names. Considerable time and effort were expended in identifying an initial list of 18 names to be considered. Five of the recommended individuals have served on the National Commission on Small Farms (the charter of the Commission expired in July 1999). The short list of names and the 18 recommended members to the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms were presented to the USDA Small Farm Council for their review and approval at their July 22, 1999, meeting.Equal opportunity practices were followed in selecting the nominees for appointment to the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms. To ensure that the advisory function of the committee be accomplished and that the recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture include the needs of the diverse groups served by the Department, the Committee membership includes, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. On December 10, 1999, the Federal Register (Volume 64, No. 237, pg. 69222-69223) published a notification of appointment to the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms, containing the names of 19 individuals.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In FY2000, the USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms met three times with the following emphasis and assignments:First meeting, January 2000, Washington, DC: Organizational meeting, the members identified needs and assigned themselves to five subcommittees with specific objectives:(1) Small Farm Sustainability(2) Outreach and Capacity Building(3) Framework for Support and Responsibility (Policy)(4) Humane Working Conditions in Production Agriculture(5) 2002 Farm BillSecond Meeting, April 2000, Washington, DC: The Committee members heard responses from USDA Small Farm Coordinators, to questions presented by Committee members. The purpose of the question and answer session was to evaluate progress on implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Small Farms in their report “A Time to Act”. Also, during the public hearing, farmers brought up critical issues prompting the Committee to write to Secretary Glickman on the matter of Shared Appreciation Agreements.Third Meeting, August 2000, Sacramento, CA: The Committee members heard testimony from farm workers advocates during a public hearing sponsored by the subcommittee on Humane Working Conditions in Production Agriculture. Also, the different subcommittees presented proposals to the full committee on contents for a document to be presented to the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Committee agreed on an outline to follow for the document.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms, was establish to maintain an external advisory mechanism on small farm issues after the charter of the National Commission on Small Farms expired in July 1999. The USDA Small Farms Program has evolved from the Civil Rights Action Team report released in February 1997. The report recommended changes in management, program delivery, and employment practices to address long-term bias and discrimination against minority farmers, USDA employees, and small farmers. Also, the report recommended that the Secretary appoint a diverse commission to develop a national policy on small farms. Acting on these recommendations, the Secretary appointed a National Commission on Small Farms in July 1997, to examine the status of small farms and to determine a course of action for USDA to recognize, respect and respond to the needs of small farms. Establishment of the Committee also ensured the continued consideration and implementation of the 146 recommendations made by the National Commission on Small Farms in its report A Time to Act. The USDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms monitors government and private sector actions, policy, and program proposals that relate to small farms, ranches, and woodlots. In addition, evaluates the impact such actions and proposals may have upon the viability and growth of small farms, ranches, and woodlots. Finally, the Committee reviews USDA programs and strategies to implement small farm policy and advises the Secretary on actions to strengthen USDA programs for small farmers and ranchers. The Committee is in the public interest and within the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings are open.
Recommendation RemarksUSDA Advisory Committee on Small Farms Sub-Committees List
(Revised April 19-20, 2000)

(1) Primary Sub-Committee (2) Secondary Sub-Committee


SUB-COMMITTEE ON SMALL FARM SUSTAINABILITY

Jon W. Anderson(2) George L. Siemon(1)
Sue Jarret(1) Tom Trantham (CHAIR)
Gene Garrett(1) Ranvir Singh(1)
Archie Hart(1) Marion Long Bowlan (1)


SUB-COMMITTEE ON OUTREACH AND CAPACITY BUILDING

Golden J. Hardy(1) Luz Bazan-Gutierrez(2)
Sue Bertrand(1) (CHAIR) Archie Hart(2)
Calvin R. King, Sr.(2) Dayle LaRue Aldridge
Edgar J. Hicks(1) Marion Long Bowlan (2)
Karen Armstrong-Cummings (1) Don R. Crittenden (1)

SUB-COMMITTEE ON FRAMEWORK FOR SUPPORT AND
RESPONSIBILITY

Archie Hart(2) George L. Siemon(2)
Calvin R. King, Sr.(1) Dayle LaRue Aldridge(2)
Jon W. Anderson (CHAIR)

SUB-COMMITTEE ON HUMANE WORKING CONDITIONS IN PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE

Luz Bazan-Gutierrez (CHAIR) Ranvir Singh(2)
Golden J. Hardy(2) Neil Hamilton(1)
Sue Bertrand (2) Archie Hart (3)


SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE 2002 FARM BILL

Neil Hamilton (CHAIR)
Calvin King (Outreach)
Marion Bowlan (Sustainability)
Ranvir Singh (Humane Conditions)
Jon Anderson (Framework)
Sue Jarrett

Committee was terminated b/c the charter lapsed.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*No
Number Of Recommendations CommentNAAccess Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentThis committee is Inactive.
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative Description*Small Farms
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.50
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-016185Advisory Committee on Small Farms2003
 COM-016568Advisory Committee on Small Farms2002
 COM-018178Advisory Committee on Small Farms2001
 COM-018368Advisory Committee on Small Farms2000