Beginning and Minority Farmers


Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Released

December 14, 2010

(Updated Version — 12/15/10 — of Original Post) The Senate Appropriations Committee released the long-awaited omnibus, government-wide appropriations bill the afternoon of December 14.  The $1.1 trillion bill is a less than two percent increase over FY 2010, $26 billion less than what the Obama Administration requested in February, $18 billion more than the long-term […]

USDA Issues FY11 Request for Proposals for CCPI and AWEP

December 14, 2010

On Tuesday, December 14, USDA published its FY 2011 Request for Proposals for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) and the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), both of which are administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Both CCPI and AWEP are partnership programs, through which NRCS partners with Indian tribes, State and local […]

USDA Introduces Online Farm Link Tool for Beginning Farmers

December 13, 2010

On Monday, December 13, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of TIP Net, an online tool to help link retiring farmers who have expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers who want to buy or rent land for their operations. CRP contracts covering millions of acres of […]

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 […]

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