Outreach and Education

USDA Farm Service Agency Revises Request For Applications to Expand Farmer Outreach and Education

FSA allocated $2.5 million to fund between 25 and 125 awards when the Request for Application (RFA) for Outreach, Education, Financial Literacy and Technical Assistance was announced in September 2015. The purpose of the RFA was to partner with non-government organizations with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and public and State controlled institutions of higher education. The initial RFA also provided for four evaluation periods scheduled to occur between November 2015 and May 2016.

Due to a high level of interest during the first evaluation period that ended Nov. 20, 2015, FSA has eliminated the second and third evaluation periods scheduled for January and March 2016 and extended the final deadline date to July 11, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted through July 11, 2016.  

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. The application package is 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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