The USDA says it will establish a Rural Community Economic Development Subcommittee as a part of its recently launched Equity Commission. “This new subcommittee will be crucial to addressing issues of persistent poverty in rural communities,” says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We are committed to giving each recommendation the Equity Commission makes a full consideration to implement systemic, lasting change.” Deputy Secretary Jewell Bronaugh says,” The work of this subcommittee will be invaluable to the commission as we seek to provide recommendations on how underserved rural communities can obtain equity access to USDA programs. I’m hopeful the work of this commission and subcommittee will break down barriers and increase the public’s access to, and trust in, USDA’s programs and services.” USDA is asking for nominations for membership on the RCED subcommittee. Nominations are open to the public, and any interested people or organizations may nominate qualified individuals. Learn more at usda.gov.