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Minority Farm Register (Discontinued)

The USDA Minority Farm Register (MFR) has been discontinued

The MFR is a National USDA project that was established under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Act) amended Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Section 2501(e) to carry out an outreach and technical assistance program to encourage and assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches and in participating, equitably, in the full range of agricultural programs offered by the Department. USDA fulfilled this requirement in the form of the MFR database where individuals voluntarily registered for participation by providing their name, residential address, telephone number, e-mail address, ethnicity, race, gender, and the location of their farm or ranch on Forms AD-2035 or AD-2035SP.  Through this registration, individuals authorized the release of this information for the purpose of USDA outreach efforts conducted through USDA agencies and USDA-approved outreach partners, such as community-based organizations (CBOs), colleges and universities, tribal groups and other agricultural organizations representing socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Due to advances in technology and additional tools to reach affected stakeholders, this service has been discontinued effective March 1, 2020. 

USDA's Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is here to share USDA resources, grants, and programs with all the communities we serve.Whether you are a veteran, a Tribal member, a new farmer, a student, a community nonprofit, a higher education institution, or just want to know where to start, we provide equitable access to USDA resources at all our agencies.

Existing MFR subscribers with updated email accounts on file with OPPE will continue to receive email updates. As an alternative to the MFR, subscribers may sign up to receive USDA announcements here.  Also, the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement manages a listserv for USDA announcements and you may encourage subscribers to sign up at: partnerships@usda.gov

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