Derickson to chair USDA Food And Agriculture Council
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Craig Derickson will chair the USDA Food and Agriculture Council in Nebraska for the 2013 calendar year. Meetings will be held quarterly to identify, assess and address needs and problems in agriculture and rural issues.
The Food and Agriculture Council was established by the United States Department of Agriculture in each state to coordinate interagency activities and to promote the goals and objectives of agriculture and related natural resource interests. The state councils may be utilized for public feedback on procedural issues, to receive recommendations on policies under consideration and to keep informed on agriculture, natural resources and rural development concerns.
"The FAC is a great vehicle for federal, state and local agencies to share information and work together to address the needs of Nebraska," Derickson said. "FACs were instituted to provide a policy-level, cross-agency, decision-making and communication forum to achieve USDA's goals and objectives."
The first meeting of the Council in 2013 will be held Jan. 8 at the Federal Building in Lincoln. A special presentation to the Council will be made by Dean Groskurth, National Agricultural Statistics Service director, on the 2012 Census of Agriculture. NASS will mail out forms to collect data for the 2012 calendar year. More information about the census can be found at www.agcensus.usda.gov.
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