More than $6 million in USDA grants will go to institutions and organizations who conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. These grants enable organizations to help farmers and ranchers successfully acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches and assure equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs.
"These programs are designed to help producers develop new profitable farming practices and increase their farm or ranch income," said Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama has pledged to ensure that government is inclusive and USDA is committed to that pledge and to opportunities that support a diverse population of producers who might not otherwise seek our support."
Local and regional impacts include participants setting up production and marketing cooperatives, participating in policy-making agriculture boards, improving environmental quality and improving their profitability and sustainability.