Please see the following notice from USDA.
Are you a fruit and vegetable grower/shipper, wholesaler, broker, retailer, processor, fresh cut processor, foodservice supplier, employee of a state agency involved in organic and non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables at local, regional and/or national levels, employee of a state department of agriculture, or trade associations regarding fruits and vegetables? And do you have ideas for how the USDA can better serve the fruit and vegetable industry?
The USDA is currently collecting nominations for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. This Committee offers advice to the USDA about pertinent issues regarding the fruit and vegetable industry and provides suggestions and ideas to the Secretary and to the Agricultural Marketing Service about how the Department’s programs can better serve the industry. The Committee is composed of 25 voluntary members chosen by the Secretary of Agriculture, and members serve 2-3 years.
Nominations are due by July 20. Information about the Committee’s functions and the nomination process is in this press release and this Federal Register Notice.
This is an important vehicle for industry members to work directly with the USDA to develop better programs. We hope that you will help us identify effective and visionary nominees for this Committee
Velma R. Lakins
Agricultural Marketing Specialist
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Rm 4523-S
Washington, D.C. 20250-0269