May 26, 2016
Be a Part of the Solution: Feed America’s Youth This Summer
The White House and federal agencies are championing greater youth access to jobs, learning experiences and food, preparing them for future success. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Labor encourage employers to make healthy, free meals available to youth through the USDA Summer Meal Programs.
The USDA Summer Meal Programs provides meals at no cost to youth (18 years and younger) in communities where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-priced school meals. Meals are prepared and delivered by local sponsoring organizations (e.g. Boys & Girls Clubs, school districts, etc.) and USDA reimburses for the costs. Learn more or become a sponsor.
FSA Hosts COC and Cooperative Agreement Webinars
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) Outreach and Education Division is hosting two webinars in June, discussing the upcoming County Office Committee (COC) elections and the second round of Cooperative Agreements for Outreach, Education, Financial Literacy and Technical Assistance. Register today.
FSA County Committees Work For You
June 1 at 3 p.m.
FSA County Committee (COC) members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. In this webinar you will be shown the importance of county committees, the election process and how you can make a difference by becoming a COC member.
Cooperative Agreements Regarding Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions and Activities
June 7 at 2 p.m.
FSA will review proposals submitted by non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education in the second round of proposals for FSA cooperative agreements July 11, 2016. Join the webinar to learn about proposal types, eligible expenses and FSA programs the agreements will be created for.
Announcements and Upcoming Deadlines
- Applications for the Request for Applications (RFA) for Outreach, Education, Financial Literacy and Technical Assistance will continue to be accepted through July 11, 2016. FSA has allocated $2.5 million to fund between 25 and 125 awards to partner with non-government organizations with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and public and State controlled institutions of higher education. Learn more.
- 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. Deadline is June 24. Learn more or apply today.
- Registration is open for the 7th National Small Farm Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The conference will be held Sept. 20-22. Multiple short courses will be available along with oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more or register today.
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