USDA Announces U.S. Rescue Technical Assistance Partnerships Focused on Underserved Producers
WASHINGTON, November 24, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps ensure underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters have the tools, programs, and support they need to be successful in agriculture. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will provide approximately $ 75 million in US bailout funding to 20 organizations to provide technical assistance to connect underserved producers to programs and services. from the USDA. The organizations were selected for their proven track record of working with underserved producer communities, such as veterans, beginning farmers, producers with limited resources, and producers living in areas of high poverty. These organizations will work with underserved producer communities on business and tax planning, financial assistance planning, market planning, advocacy of farmers, and development of business education programs.
The cooperative agreements announced today are a first step in the deployment of U.S. bailout resources in response to requests for more immediate assistance in farm business planning, market development and aid to the ‘access, tax planning and land access assistance to help underserved producers succeed. This announcement is the latest in a series of announcements that build momentum around USDA’s historic commitment to center equity in decision-making and policy-making and reduce barriers to l ‘access to USDA programs.
âAs we rebuild better than before, USDA is listening to our customers and we are proud to offer new tools to help address inequities for underserved farmers and ranchers through the plan. rescue plan, âSecretary Vilsack said. “We are committed to making each of our programs fair so that all can benefit from the opportunities that USDA’s investments and programs help create.” Our planned work with these important cooperators will help USDA achieve these important goals. “
A complete list of cooperators is available at: www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/section-1006-list-of-cooperative-agreements.docx (DOCX, 13.9 KB). Cooperators will work with other cooperative organizations and the USDA to meet the needs of underserved producer communities. For example:
- The National Black Farmers Association will collaborate with organizations and provide financial and business assistance as well as opportunities to receive technical support from the USDA program.
- The Intertribal Agriculture Council will lead training and technical assistance to Native American farmers, ranchers and forest owners across the country.
- The Farmer Veteran Coalition will coordinate with other co-operators to focus on the needs of veteran farmer and ranchers members.
To ensure the strength of the partnerships announced today and future partnerships funded through these US Rescue Plan funds, all grantees will work with USDA through intensive training and collaborative activities.
Section 1006 of the US Rescue Plan provides direction and more than $ 1 billion in funding for the USDA to take action to ensure underserved communities have the tools, programs and support they have. need to be successful. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to making fairness a key priority. With transformative funds provided by the American Rescue Plan, USDA will focus on creating opportunities for underserved producers through technical assistance and capacity building, access to land and credit, and access to markets and market development. Through Section 1006, the USDA also establishes an equity commission to advise the Secretary of Agriculture in identifying USDA programs, policies, systems, structures, and practices that contribute to barriers to inclusion or access, systemic discrimination, or exacerbate or perpetuate race, economy, health and social disparities. The period of appointment to the Commission has been extended until November 30, 2021.
The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the American food system with a greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in communities rural areas of America, and a commitment to equity throughout the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visitwww.usda.gov.
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