Beginning and Minority Farmers


Deadline for Applications for Minority Farmer Assistance Grant Program

August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted a listening session on available funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program – also known as the Section 2501 program.  The listening session provided organizations from across the country the opportunity to directly engage […]

White House and USDA Honor Beginning Farmer “Champions of Change”

July 30, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, the White House honored 15 “Champions of Change” working to build a strong foundation for the next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The champions were also recognized at the U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA) on Monday, July 28.  The White House Champions of Change programs honor everyday Americans doing extraordinary things […]

Funding Restored for Outreach and Assistance for Underserved Farmers

July 24, 2014

Funding available to support programs for minority, tribal, and veteran producers

USDA Releases Final Rule to Expand Nondiscriminatory Protections

July 16, 2014

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final rule, “Nondiscrimination in Programs or Activities Conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.”  It follows the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2013 for public comment.  The USDA regulation on nondiscrimination was last revised in 1999. […]

New Beginning Farmer and Conservation Crop Insurance Changes Announced

July 1, 2014

On Monday June 30, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) released an interim rule outlining seven actions it is taking to modify crop insurance inline with the requirements of the 2014 Farm Bill, to increase access for beginning farmers and encourage natural resource conservation.  NSAC supported the inclusion of several […]

Seasonal High Tunnels Support Conservation and New Farmers

June 27, 2014

New updates on how the Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative has benefited new farmers and encouraged additional conservation efforts.

Melone Testifies at House Agriculture Committee in Support of New Farmers

June 27, 2014

On Wednesday, June 25, the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee that deals with rural development and farm credit issues held an oversight hearing on credit availability in rural America.  As is so often the case in these types of hearings, it quickly turned into a slug fest between the Farm Credit System and the banking industry […]

New USDA Website, Rules for Beginning Farmers

June 23, 2014

On Monday, June 23, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the implementation of several 2014 Farm Bill measures as well as other policy initiatives to help support new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden made the announcement at the inaugural meeting of the reconvened Beginning Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee in Davis, […]

Down Payment Loans Help Beginning Farmers Buy Farmland

June 11, 2014

USDA’s Down Payment Loan Program has been around for over 20 years, and this post is the second in a two part series that examines the impact this program has had on growing new farmers over the past 20 years.  To read the first post in the series, click here.  By Traci Bruckner, Senior Associate for Agriculture […]

Federal Farm Loans Have Increased Access to Land for New Farmers Over the Past 20 Years

June 9, 2014

USDA’s Down Payment Loan Program has been around for over 20 years, and this post is the first in a two part series that examines the impact this program has had on growing new farmers over the past 20 years.  Stay tuned for our second installment later this week! Access to affordable farmland is one […]

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