USDA to help underserved producers, farmers

Published 12:53 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) recently announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support.

Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more.

“We’re always working to find new ways for our programs to reach more producers and create more jobs in agriculture,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “The organizations selected as part of this effort share USDA’s priority of helping more Americans build successful farms and ranches.”

FSA also announced that it is accepting proposals for consideration in the second evaluation period. Applications are due no later than July 11, 2016.

Projects not selected during the first evaluation period will be reconsidered during the second period.

Additional information on the funding solicitation and the related FSA programs can be found at using reference number USDA-FSA-CA-2016-001.

For nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that are considering participation, a recording of the online informational session held with stakeholders is posted on the web at

For more info, call 222-3519 for more info.