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Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement develops and maintains partnerships focused on solutions to challenges facing rural and underserved communities in the United States, and connects those communities to the education, tools, and resources available to them through U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and initiatives. We facilitate partnerships and offer education and resources to foster hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building in rural and underserved communities.

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Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions

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Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions

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Partnering with 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs and resources.

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Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

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Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

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Awarding grants to higher education institutions and nonprofit and community-based organizations that provide outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers, ranchers, and foresters, in owning and operating sustainable farms and ranches.

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Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

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Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

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Supporting local community-based organizations – both faith-based and secular – to strengthen communities, nourish kids, and support community prosperity.

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Youth

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Youth

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The Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement partners with private sector companies, higher education institutions, and youth-serving organizations to promote the role of school-based agricultural education in motivating and preparing young people to pursue careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resources systems.

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Military Veterans

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Military Veterans

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Connecting military veterans with roles that keep America’s food supply safe and secure, preserve and strengthen rural communities, and restore and conserve the environment.

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Special Initiatives

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Other

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The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement supports a wide variety of Presidential Congressional and Secretarial Initiatives.

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Contact Us

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
Independence Ave., SW
Stop 0601
Washington, DC 20250- 9821
Phone: (Toll Free): 800-880-4183
Main: 202-720-6350
email: partnerships@usda.gov
website: www.usda.gov/partnerships
 
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