Beginning and Minority Farmers

FAPRI releases report on impacts of eliminating direct payments to US farmers

June 30, 2011

On Thursday June 29th, the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) released a report entitled “Potential Impacts of Limiting Direct Payments.”  The report estimates the economic impacts to farmers, landowners, federal budgetary outlays and consumers if direct payments to farmers are eliminated. The report comes at a time when Congressional leaders […]

Socially Disadvantaged Producer Coop Grants

June 29, 2011

On Wednesday, June 29, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service of USDA announced that its  Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program (formerly known as the Small, Minority Producer Grant Program) will be open for applications until the deadline of August 15, 2011.  The full Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) appears in the June 29 edition of the […]

Value-Added Producer Grant NOFA Released – 60 Day Turn Around for Applications

June 27, 2011

On Tuesday, June 28, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service will announce that its Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) will be open for applications until the deadline of August 29, 2011.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) appears in the June 28 edition of the Federal Register.  Advocates for the program are delighted the long anticipated […]

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Visit DC

June 17, 2011

On June 15, eleven beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country arrived in Washington, DC to tell legislators what measures our country can take to support beginning farmers and ranchers.  Anticipating the 2012 Farm Bill process, beginning farmers and ranchers sought support for a marker bill with a package of provisions for beginning farmer […]

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – 2010 Outcomes Report

June 15, 2011

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) released its 2010 Outcomes Report this week.  The report highlights the 29 projects that were funding in FY 2009 that helped to train, educate and provide outreach and technical assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the United States. The […]

Request for Applications for Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program

June 14, 2011

On Tuesday, June 14, USDA’s Risk Management Agency released its Request for Applications (RFA) for the Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnerships Program.  Approximately $3.5 million in funds is available for the program.  Projects will be funded for up to one year, and will range from $20,000 to $100,000 per project. This Request for Applications […]

House Takes Up Agriculture Appropriations Next Week

June 10, 2011

The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15.  The measure will be in front of the House Rules Committee on Monday afternoon. At the Rules Committee, House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member […]

Farm Credit Agency Highlights Farmer Diversity

June 10, 2011

On May 25, the Farm Credit Administration (FCA) issued a proposed change to regulations for Farm Credit Systems that would require institutions to include an emphasis on diversity as part of their business plan.  The pool of farmers, FCA notes, is becoming not only more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, but includes […]

Proposed FY2012 Food and Agriculture Cuts One Step Closer to Becoming Law

June 1, 2011

On Tuesday, May 31, the full House Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill, which was first passed by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee last week. If it were to become law, this bill would make truly massive cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs. A number […]

Sen. Stabenow Holds First 2012 Farm Bill Hearing

May 27, 2011

On Thursday, May 26, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at the Committee’s first hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill. A second panel of witnesses followed, comprised of former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, Michigan farmer and United Soybean Board founding director Barry Mumby, Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of Conservation International, […]

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