USDA is re-establishing the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee to examine the full spectrum of issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide suggestions to USDA on how programs can be tailored to best meet the challenges of the industry. USDA will accept nominations for this committee through July 1, 2009. Nominations should be sent to: Robert C. KeeneyDeputy AdministratorFruit and Vegetable ProgramsAMS, USDA1400 Independence Avenue SWRoom 2077-S, Stop 0235Washington, DC 20250-0235Fax: 202-720-0016Email: [email protected] The Deputy Administrator will serve as the Committee’s Executive Director. Committee membership will consist of up to 25 members from the industry, including fruit and vegetable growers, shippers, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, processors, fresh cut processors, foodservice suppliers, state agencies involved in organic and non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables, state departments of agriculture and trade associations. The Secretary will appoint members for 2-year terms. Nominations should describe and document the proposed member’s qualifications for membership and include their name, title, address, telephone and fax number. Please contact Adam Sharp at OFBF if you have an interest in being nominated for this committee.