Jerry McPeak, State Legislator and Farmer/Rancher of the Muscogee Nation in Warner, OK makes a statement to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, during the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) advisory committee meeting, on Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, in Washington, D.C. CNAFR was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs. The Council was established as part of the Keepseagle settlement, and is conducted under the oversight of USDA's Office of Tribal Relations, which is part of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. Also in attendance is The Director of Tribal Relations Leslie Wheelock, Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard, Jr. Ph.D., Farm Services Administration Administrator Juan M. Garcia and Deputy Administrator for Farm Loans Programs Chris Beyerhelm. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
April 29, 2014
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