USDA Announces Research Funding for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers.
USDA has made available $400,000 in funding to establish the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced the center will be established at an 1890 Land-Grant college or university. Universities that qualify will have 30 days to apply. Harden stated the center "will serve as another tool for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to get the resources they need." She added it will also assist USDA to help beginning farmers from "all walks of life" to get a start in agriculture.
The announcement Tuesday was made in part by the 2014 Farm Bill. Last month, Deputy Secretary Harden announced the availability of more than $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. According to the 2012 Agricultural Census, minority and historically under-represented communities are part of the continued growth among new and beginning farmers and ranchers. According to the Census, 22 percent of all farmers were beginning farmers in 2012
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