January 25, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is dedicated to helping farmers start, grow, and improve their businesses. Farmers are busy people, however, and cannot always easily access information and programs from USDA. This has been especially challenging for farmers of color, military veteran farmers, women farmers, and farmers who utilize less conventional practices and system, as resources for these groups have been historically insufficient. As a result, many eligible farmers have not utilized beneficial USDA programs due to insufficient or inadequate outreach and technical assistance.
On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced nearly $2.5 million in awards for 46 cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations, universities, and foundations to help address this challenge. The 2017 announcement follows the first round of FSA cooperative agreements, in which 12 members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) received awards. Both rounds of agreements cover a range of outreach efforts with a focus on education for producers historically underserved by USDA programs. The 2016 awards range from $25,000 to $99,999 and encompass 24 states, as listed on the FSA site.
NSAC applauds FSA’s continued commitment to equitable farmer engagement through this second installment of cooperative agreements. We are proud to announce that four NSAC member organizations have received cooperative agreement awards in this cycle. Member projects are detailed below:
In addition to the projects above, NSAC member Hmong National Development (HND) also received a cooperative agreement award (details on this project not yet available). For additional information on FSA Cooperative Agreements, see the FSA website. Any additional questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.