Beginning and Minority Farmers


A Breakdown of the Senate’s Annual Food and Farm Spending Bill

May 20, 2016

Each year, Congress debates and makes key decisions about federal funding priorities for all government agencies, programs, and initiatives – including programs and resources that support our nation’s farmers and ranchers. This week marks an important step in that process (known as appropriations), as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to fund the U.S. […]

New FSA Cooperative Agreements Expand Farmer Outreach Efforts

May 6, 2016

Even the best designed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs can fail to find success if farmers don’t have the knowledge or tools to access them. In order to increase program awareness and participation among underserved farmer communities, last year the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a new cooperative agreement that would develop innovative […]

SARE STORIES FROM THE FIELD: Nutrient Management Helps California Farmers Remain Competitive

May 5, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects. Our last SARE: Stories from the field blog featured a Virginia project that used SARE funds for innovative public seed breeding. For over 25 years, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has enabled farmers, […]

Stories from the Field: Strengthening Kentucky’s Small Farms

May 4, 2016

Experience is an invaluable resource when it comes to agriculture. Fortunately for Kentucky farmers, Marion Simon and Louie Rivers of the Kentucky State University (KSU) Cooperative Extension’s “Small Farm Program” have a combined total of nearly 50 years of experience in extending outreach to small and limited resource farm operations. Much of the great work […]

Farm Storage Loans Expanded to Help Farmers Reach Local Food Markets

April 29, 2016

Small and mid-scale family farms operating in burgeoning local and regional food markets received some welcome news from the USDA today

Stories from the Field: Empowering Latino Farmers

April 18, 2016

Despite a demonstrated track record of success in supporting innovative outreach, training, and technical assistance programs, the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as “Section 2501”) remains severely underfunded. The 2014 Farm Bill cut funding for the program in half, while at the same time expanding the program’s user […]

Over 100 Groups Urge Congress to Increase Support for Veteran and Minority Farmers

April 7, 2016

For farmers of color and military veterans in this country, the barriers to and risks of starting a successful farm

RELEASE: Agriculture Programs Help Veterans Launch Successful Careers in Farming

April 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Reana Kovalcik, NSAC, 202-547-5754, RKovalcik@sustainableagriculture.net Evan Eagan, FVC, (530) 419-6740, evan@farmvetco.org   Agriculture Programs Help Veterans Launch Successful Careers in Farming U.S. Air Force Veteran and Montana Farmer Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Washington, DC, April 5, 2016 – Spring is not just cherry blossom season here in the capital […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Recap; 2016 Sign-Up Ends in 10 Days!

March 21, 2016

The Conservation Stewardship Program has been supporting farmers and ranchers for more than seven years

Representatives Signal Support for Minority and Veteran Farmers

March 18, 2016

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the “Section 2501” program) is the only farm bill program dedicated to addressing the specific needs of minority and veteran farmers and ranchers. As annual appropriations request deadlines closed earlier this week, 18 Members of Congress signed a letter supporting full […]

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