On Monday, February 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct the first public meeting of the recently established Equity Commission. Authorized by Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan, the Equity Commission will advise the Secretary of Agriculture and provide USDA with an analysis of how its programs, policies, systems, structures, and practices contribute to barriers to inclusion or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or perpetuate racial, economic, health and social disparities and recommendations for action. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh and Arturo S. Rodriguez, President Emeritus of the United Farm Workers, will serve as Co-Chairs of the Commission. 

If you wish to submit a written question or comment to be provided to the Equity Commission, you may do so until March 15, 2022 by submitting it to

WHO: Members of the USDA Equity Commission

WHAT: Inaugural Meeting of the USDA Equity Commission 

WHEN: February 28, at 11:30 AM EST 

WHERE: This is a virtual meeting. If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP ahead of time here.

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