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Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee to Continue

Daniel CooperIndustry News Release

Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) plans to renew the charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) for two years. The FVIAC’s current charter expires May 23.

The purpose of the FVIAC is to examine the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and suggest ways the USDA can better meet the industry’s needs.

The deputy administrator of the AMS Specialty Crops Program serves as the FVIAC executive secretary. Representatives from USDA agencies affecting the fruit and vegetable industry could be called upon to participate in the FVIAC’s meetings.

Industry members of FVIAC are appointed by the secretary of agriculture and serve 2-year terms, with a maximum of three 2-year terms. Up to 25 members shall represent:

1. Fruit and vegetable growers and/or shippers

2. Fruit and vegetable wholesalers and/or receivers, brokers, retailers, fruit and vegetable processors and/or fresh-cut processors

3. Foodservice suppliers

4. Organic and/or non-organic farmers

5. Farmers markets and community-supported agricultural organizations, state agriculture departments and trade associations

Interested persons are invited to submit electronic comments here regarding the notice to renew the charter, Document # AMS-SC-24-0006. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 1. USDA AMS strongly prefers comments be submitted electronically, but written comments may be submitted to Jennie Varela, U.S. Department of Agriculture, AMS Specialty Crops Program – U.S Department of Agriculture, 1124 1st Street South, Winter Haven, FL 33880, Attn: Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.

Equal opportunity practices in accordance with USDA’s policies will be followed in all member appointments to the FVIAC. Membership shall include, to the extent possible, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, cultures and beliefs of the American people, including underserved communities.

Source: Federal Register

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