USDA to offer $2.5 million in new farmer training grants

USDA to offer $2.5 million in new farmer training grants

USDA will award funding for new farmer education to non-profits and higher education institutions

Non-profits and higher education institutions developing plans to educated new farmers on USDA's more than 20 Farm Service Agency programs will be eligible for the agency's latest round of grants, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden said Tuesday.

The $2.5 million in grants is now available, USDA said, and will focus on FSA programs that provide financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practice education to farmers.

New young farmer Steve Burris feeds the Angus cattle on his farm on August 13, 2009. USDA photo by Alice Welch.

"We want to partner with nonprofits, colleges and universities who share USDA's priority of helping more Americans enter farming as a profession, whether they are new or underserved farmers, returning Service members, minorities, women, and urban producers or those who sell their crops locally," Harden said.

USDA will conduct four evaluation periods to review applications, with the deadlines of Nov. 20, 2015, Jan. 22, 2015, Mar. 18, 2016, and May 27, 2016. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available.

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To learn more about the funding solicitation and the related Farm Service Agency programs, details can be found at grants.gov with the reference number USDA-FSA-CA-2015-001.

For nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that are considering participation, an online informational session will be conducted on Sept. 28, 2015.

Source: USDA

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