April 27, 2016
USDA Establishes New Partnerships to Link Underserved Farmers to FSA Programs
The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) today announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have historically been underserved by USDA programs offered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities and foundations that will provide training and information on FSA programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support.
Cooperative agreements between $20,000 and $75,000 are being awarded to organizations headquartered in 28 states, several of whom submitted multi-state or nationwide proposals. A listing of cooperative agreements that have been authorized in Round I can be found on the FSA Outreach website.
Proposals are being accepted for a second round of funding. Applications are due no later than July 11, 2016. Projects not selected during the first evaluation period will be reconsidered during the second period. Apply for Round II funding or view a recording of the online information session.
Visit the Updated Outreach & Education Website
The FSA Outreach and Education division has revamped its website to help farmers, ranchers and stakeholders find information, learn of upcoming events, and partner with FSA.
This division coordinates and implements agency-wide outreach activities to farmers, ranchers and stakeholders who can benefit from the agency’s programs and services. Our goal is to increase the participation of customers in FSA programs with targeted marketing activities to those who are underserved.
Plan a visit to the new site at www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach. If you have any questions or concerns regarding programs, initiatives or simply want more information about Outreach and Education, visit askfsa or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements and Upcoming Deadlines
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $44 million to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators. ACMF and include your name, organization and contact information.
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