Beginning and Minority Farmers


Funding Restored For Beginning Farmer Training Programs!

April 16, 2014

USDA recently announced the availability of $19 million for beginning farmer training grants through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program — the only federal program exclusively dedicated to training the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Expanding Packing and Cold Storage Loan Options for Diversified Farms

March 10, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced several changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program that will greatly improve the program’s ability to support diversified producers that sell their produce through localized market channels, such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and farm-to-institution. Farm Storage Facility Loans are financed through the Farm […]

Farm Bill Implementation on Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs Already Underway

March 7, 2014

Beginning in 2011, NSAC launched a campaign around Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher programs in the Farm Bill, and ultimately helped win on quite a number of issues in the final legislation.  The NSAC-championed marker bill, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act, was championed by members in both chambers, led by Senator […]

What Does the President’s 2015 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

March 5, 2014

President Obama sent his budget proposal for 2015 to Capitol Hill yesterday.  The overall spending number in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year (FY) would match the two-year budget deal Congress reached last year, though the President also includes an aspirational $56 billion add-on, which he calls the Opportunity, Growth, and Security (OGS) […]

2014 Farm Bill Drilldown: Sustainable and Organic Research

February 12, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  Previous posts in this farm bill series dove into the overall farm bill by the numbers, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmer issues, working lands conservation programs, […]

2014 Farm Bill Drill Down: Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

February 5, 2014

With the 2014 Farm Bill recently signed into law, NSAC is doing a seven-part blog series that delves into the details of the bill for sustainable food and farming systems.  This, the second post in the series, discusses the highlights and missed opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. The previous post dove into the […]

What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?

January 31, 2014

At the start of this long and twisted farm bill reauthorization process, NSAC released an ambitious farm bill platform with the goal of expanding opportunities for family farmers to produce good food, sustain the environment, and contribute to vibrant communities.  Reflecting input from sustainable and organic farmers, rural and urban communities, and food entrepreneurs, the […]

Are USDA Microloans Reaching Farmers Across the Country?

November 25, 2013

Earlier this year, USDA announced a new microloan program that would specifically target the smaller credit needs of beginning farmers and other small farm operators selling to local and regional food markets.  Launched in January 2013, the program has so far made over 3,400 loans in all 50 states, including the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, […]

Beginning Farmers and Advocates Appointed to USDA Advisory Committee

November 21, 2013

USDA today announced the long-awaited list of farmers, advocates, technical service provides and bankers who were chosen to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.  This well-established though recently dormant advisory committee serves an important role in providing a direct link between the beginning farmer community, lenders, and USDA, and helps to […]

Vilsack on Developing the Local Food Economy and Beginning Farmers in the Farm Bill

November 19, 2013

In a column published on the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” webpage on Friday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack emphasized the benefits of local and regional markets for America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers and the importance of timely passage of a Farm Bill. The column, which is reprinted in its entirety below, highlights several local […]

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