Outreach and Education

USDA Farm Service Agency Grant Opportunity to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering $2.5 million in grants to nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that develop proposals to improve farmer outreach and education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance and crop production practices. The initiative focuses on new or underserved farmers, returning military veterans, minorities, women, urban or locally-grown producers, and others. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available.

Below is an archived recording of the September 28, 2015, Cooperative Agreement Informational Session, highlighting details about the grant and offering information on how to apply online. All questions can be sent to fsaoutreach@wdc.usda.gov.

Download a PDF transcript of the webinar (PDF, 64 KB)

Send questions to: fsaoutreach@wdc.usda.gov

Review or download the Request for Applications. All application forms are available on www.grants.gov.

Farm Service Agency Outreach

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) Outreach Division coordinates and implements national, state and local informational and educational outreach activities to farmers and ranchers, stakeholders and the public — including the underserved — who can benefit from the agency’s programs and services. The mission of the FSA Outreach Program is to conduct innovative FSA marketing activities that educate the public about FSA programs and services, eliminate participation barrier and increase program participation from potential and currently underserved customers. 

FSA State Outreach Contacts and Initiatives

FSA has strengthened its outreach commitment by assigning Outreach Coordinators in every county office nationwide, as well as State Coordinators in all 51 state/territory offices.

Because many of our farmers and ranchers have experienced barriers that have hindered them from becoming successful, FSA has been committed to carrying out effective outreach programs to help:

  • Establish partnerships with members of the underserved and minority groups, community based organizations, community leaders, congressional leaders, educational institutions, and other federal agencies.
  • Promote the need for representation from underserved groups on FSA County Office Committees.

The State and County Office Coordinators serve as primary points of contact for FSA's state and local outreach initiatives and activities. Activities may include workshops, presentations, trainings and seminars, with specific targeted program outreach to include, but not limited to, the following traditionally underserved farmer and rancher groups:  

  • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
  • Veterans
  • Women
  • Minority Groups (African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics)
  • Specialty Crop Producers 

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