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2010 RFA and Teleconference: Outreach to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

January 25, 2010

The Office of Advocacy and Outreach has released the 2010 Request for Applications for the Outreach Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program (also known as “Section 2501”).

The program is designed “to enhance the coordination of outreach, technical assistance, and education efforts authorized under USDA programs through eligible entities and to reach socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in a linguistically appropriate manner to improve their participation in the full range of USDA programs.”

Applications are due by March 1, 2010 and can be submitted online via Grants.gov.

The USDA will be hosting a teleconference this Thursday, January 28th from 1-2pm EST to answer questions about the RFA. Call-in details are below.

  • 888-790-2751 code: 20754
  • Trouble with the line: 202-720-8690
  • *6 to mute and unmute

Eligible applicants include  community-based organizations, universities, and Indian Tribes.

For more information, download the RFA or see the full program page in NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to Farm Bill Programs.

If you cannot make it for the teleconference, questions can be directed at

  • Beatrice Herbert, beatrice.herbert@osec.usda.gov, 202-205-4130
  • Lavinia Panizo, lavinia.panizo@osec.usda.gov, 202-720-6350

Categories: Beginning and Minority Farmers, Local & Regional Food Systems

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