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  USDA Official Visits Missouri, Announces Grant for the Center for Rural Affairs
 

MISSOURI, October 27, 2010 – Rural Housing Service Administrator Tammye Trevino today announced that USDA is awarding $305,263 in grant funding to the Center for Rural Affairs to improve the use of USDA programs among Hispanic and Latino farmers and ranchers. The award is being made through the Outreach Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) Competitive Grants Program, also known as the "2501 program."

"USDA and the Obama administration are committed to creating opportunities for Americans from all backgrounds," said Vilsack. "These grants will help develop programs to ensure that minority landowners have access to a full range of USDA programs, helping them increase their profitability and stay on the farm."

The Center for Rural Affairs serves Hispanic/Latino farmers and ranchers in Newton and Barry counties in Missouri and Scottsbluff and Lincoln counties in Nebraska. This project offers an outstanding opportunity to not only learn the barriers to utilization of USDA programs but also the pathways to utilization of USDA programs through an understanding of these different rates of utilization between Missouri and Nebraska. The project will result in a document that contains best practices for improving use of USDA programs by Hispanic/Latino producers across the country and create a vehicle to continue access to and utilization of USDA programs by building networks and training from within the communities.

The primary purpose of the grant being made available through the "2501 program" is to enhance the coordination of outreach, technical assistance and education efforts to reach socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. These grants enable organizations to help farmers and ranchers successfully acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches and to assure equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs. Local and regional impacts include participants setting up production and marketing cooperatives, improving environmental quality and improving their profitability and sustainability.

Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan, grant, or loan/grant agreement.

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