The U.S. Department of Agriculture is calling for nominations for a re-chartered Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.

Written nominations for the 2013-2015 committee are due Dec. 26.

USDA seeks fruit and vegetable committee membersThe committee examines the full spectrum of issues faced by the fruit and vegetable industry and offers the Secretary of Agriculture advice on how the USDA can tailor its programs to better meet the industry’s needs, according to a news release.

The Secretary plans to appoint a diverse group of up to 25 individuals who work as growers, shippers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, processors, fresh-cut processors, foodservice suppliers, state agencies involved in organic and non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables at local, regional and national levels, state departments of agriculture and trade associations, according to the release.

The representatives serve terms of two or three years and represent the diversity of the industry including business size, industry role, sex, race and ethnicity, age, location and production methods, according to the release.

Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo emphasizes that getting a committee together remains a priority.

“I’ve talked to industry leaders and have heard their concerns about how important it is to have an advisory committee that reflects a diversity of perspectives and opinions,” Alonzo said in the release. “Getting applications from qualified nominees is a key part of making sure the committee is able to get up and running as quickly as possible.”

Nominations should be sent to Charles Parrott, Deputy Administrator, c/o Pamela Stanziani, Designated Federal Officer, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, USDA Room 2077-S, Stop 0235, Washington, D.C., 20250-0235.

Nominations can also be faxed to (202) 720-0016 or e-mailed to

Details of the notice are scheduled to appear in the Nov. 25 Federal Register.