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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Service Agency Grant Opportunity to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education

Deadline: May 27, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking proposals to improve farmer outreach and education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices. The initiative focuses on new or underserved farmers, returning military veterans, minorities, women, urban or locally-grown producers, and others. FSA has been committed to carrying out effective outreach programs to help:

  • establish partnerships with members of the underserved and minority groups, community based organizations, community leaders, congressional leaders, educational institutions, and other federal agencies
  • promote the need for representation from underserved groups on FSA County Office Committees

Due to the complex nature of some of FSA’s programs, FSA intends for this solicitation and subsequent proposals to focus additional outreach and education to those producers in areas who could benefit from the additional outreach. The goal is to provide additional outreach and education to producers related to agency programs and operations and thereby:

  • increase access to FSA programs and services
  • improve technical assistance and financial education related to FSA farm and farm loan programs

Amount: $20,000-$100,000 per award. A total of $2,500,000 is available.

Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; and nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

Link: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/outreach-and-education/index

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