Beginning and Minority Farmers

Beginning Farmer Advisory Committee Meeting Next Week in DC

December 10, 2010

USDA’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers will be holding a public meeting next Wednesday and Thursday, December 15th and 16th, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary of the USDA on the development, administration, and improvement of USDA’s beginning farmer programs. The meeting will […]

House Approves Funding for Pigford II Settlement

November 30, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30, the House of Representatives passed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which authorizes nearly $4.6 billion to fund the settlements in two class-action discrimination lawsuits.  The measure passed 256-152.  It now goes to the President for his signature, ending a long, tortuous, but ultimately successful path to becoming law. The lawsuits […]

Pigford II Settlement Funding Clears Senate

November 19, 2010

On Friday, November 19, the Senate finally passed a bill to fund the Pigford II class action lawsuit settlement between black farmers and USDA, along with funding for the Cobell settlement between Indian tribes and the Department of the Interior. Also included in the legislation was resolution of tribal water rights claims for the White […]

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Moving Forward

November 17, 2010

By Amy Bacigalupo, Land Stewardship Project, Farm Beginning Program Director As I addressed the group of 60 participants for the first Project Director’s meeting for USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), I was struck by a strong sense of excitement.  It is truly momentous that the 29 projects represented at the meeting are […]

USDA to Host Grant Writing Webinar for Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program

November 4, 2010

On November 22, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will host a webinar on how to write grants for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  The webinar, lasting from 2:00-3:30pm (EDT), will discuss the program, eligibility, changes in FY 2011, and major “dos” and “don’ts” of writing proposals. The request for applications […]

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Seeks Peer Reviewers

November 4, 2010

The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD), which published its inaugural issue, “Growing New Farmers,” in August 2010, is gearing up for its second issue and seeking to expand its pool of peer reviewers. The JAFSCD is a peer-reviewed online publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and […]

Call for Nominations: NRDC’s Growing Green Awards

November 4, 2010

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has announced the nomination period for its third annual Growing Green Awards, given each year to individuals who have demonstrated original leadership in the field of sustainable food and farming. A Growing Green Award will be given to an outstanding individual in each of the following four categories: Food […]

USDA Calls for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Applications

October 28, 2010

On Tuesday, October 26, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a request for applications (RFA) for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for the fiscal year 2011.  The application period runs through December 22, 2010, with awards expected to be made by or before October 2011.  The farm bill provides […]

USDA Risk Management Agency Announces $9.6 Million in Partnership Agreements

October 27, 2010

On Tuesday, October 26, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced its annual Partnership Agreement awards, which are geared primarily toward small and underserved producers.  This year, $9.6 million in funds were awarded, including $3.6 million in Community Outreach and Assistance Partnerships. According to the USDA press release, these partnerships “can help farmers diversify production and […]

US Reaches $760 Million Settlement with Native American Farmers

October 20, 2010

On Tuesday, October 19, the Obama Administration agreed to pay up to $760 million to compensate American Indian farmers and ranchers who were denied loans from USDA, ending months of negotiation on the 11-year-old class-action lawsuit now known as Keepseagle vs. Vilsack. The Keepseagle plaintiffs charged the USDA with denying low-interest loans to thousands of […]

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