U.S. Department of Agriculture: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers program seeks applications from organizations that will conduct outreach initiatives and training to achieve the overall goal of the program – to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Funds shall be used exclusively:
- To enhance coordination of the outreach, technical assistance, and education efforts authorized under agriculture programs
- To assist the Secretary of Agriculture in: a. Reaching current and prospective socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and veteran farmers or ranchers in a linguistically appropriate manner; and b. improving the participation of those farmers and ranchers in USDA programs
Proposals from eligible entities must address two or more of the following priority areas:
- Assist socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches
- Improve participation among socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs
- Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or veterans and USDA’s local, state, regional, and National offices
- Introduce agriculture-related information to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers through innovative training and technical assistance techniques
- Introduce agricultural education targeting socially disadvantaged youth, and/or socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers, in rural and persistent poverty communities
Amount: Approximately $60,000,000 is available to make 60 awards ranging up to $750,000 each will be made.
Eligibility: 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities, 1994 Tribal colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education, nonprofit and community-based organizations, Indian Tribes, and all other institutions of higher education.
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