USDA Invests $2.2 Million to Help Underserved Producers, Small Farms
Last week, the Department of Agriculture announced a $2.2 million award to 16 organizations to educate historically underserved producers, small-scale farmers and others. The award from USDA's Risk Management Agency funds farm risk management and climate-smart farm practices. USDA said the funding provides the resources for organizations, such as nonprofits and universities, to develop training and resources for producers on risk management options.
RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger said, "This funding and these partnerships help us reach communities that have historically lacked access to training and resources."
This $2.2 million investment for 2022 builds on a nearly $1 million investment in 2021. RMA advertised available funding in January 2022, and more than 50 organizations applied. Successful applicants provided comprehensive summary of work statements and budgets, and proposals that demonstrated an ability to partner with other entities to deliver training. Organizations receiving funding this year include nonprofits, historically black colleges and universities, and university extensions, among others.
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