U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced $2.5 million in grants for projects to educate new and under-served farmers about the 20-plus USDA Farm Service Agency programs providing financial, disaster or technical assistance to the agricultural community.
“We want to partner with nonprofits, [and] colleges and universities who share USDA's priority of helping more Americans enter farming as a profession, whether they are new or under-served farmers, returning service members, minorities, women and urban producers or those who sell their crops locally,” Deputy Secretary Harden said in a statement.
The grants will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education institutions that develop proposals to improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, record-keeping, property inheritance and crop production practice, USDA said.
Awards will range between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant, and four evaluation periods and deadlines are planned to review and choose applications, the department said: Nov. 20, 2015; Jan. 22, 2016; Mar. 18, 2016; and May 27, 2016.
To learn more about this funding solicitation and related Farm Service Agency programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/outreach-and-education/index.