The U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee and is seeking nominations.

Written nominations must be received on or before July 15, according to a June 27 notice in the Federal Register.

“I think the timing is good, with all the topics discussed in the farm bill period that we are in,” said Ray Gilmer, vice president of communications for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C. “It is a sign that USDA is listening and it certainly helps to give the industry voice to go directly to the people at USDA who can create a more positive business environment for the industry.”

The committee was first appointed in 2002 and has provided USDA with input on a wide range of issues, including nutrition programs, farm bill funding, commodity purchasing, and Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act regulations.

According to the Federal Register, industry members serve two- to three-year terms on the 25-member board.

Nominations should be sent to Robert Keeney, deputy ddministrator, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2077-S, Stop 0235, Washington, DC 20250-0235; faxed to (202) 720-0016 or  e-mailed to