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Special Initiatives

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement supports a wide variety of Presidential, Congressional, and Secretarial initiatives including Women in Agriculture, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Farmworker Coordination.


Women in Agriculture

From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future. As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world's growing food, fuel and fiber needs.

Visit the USDA Women in Agriculture Homepage.


White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPI) works to improve the quality of life for AAPI individuals and communities across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs. The Initiative seeks to highlight both the tremendous unmet needs in the AA and NHPI community as well as the dynamic community assets that can be leveraged to meet many of those needs.  USDA AA and NHPI areas of focus include outreach and engagement, capacity building, and data collection.

Learn more about our mission and the Executive Order on Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders that was issued on May 28, 2021.

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The White House Initiative on HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)

Led by the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Initiative on HBCUs.  The Initiative shall work with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity and competitiveness of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to an increasing number of students.

The Initiative is dedicated to helping HBCUs successfully compete for top opportunities in national and global markets while providing education and economic experiences that can improve the standards of living for the students and communities HBCUs primarily serve.

In accordance with Presidential Executive Order 13779, federal agencies are required to prepare annual plans describing efforts to strengthen the capacity and competitiveness of historically black colleges and universities, creating more favorable conditions under which they compete for federal and private sector opportunities. In furtherance of these objectives, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities requested these Statements of Federal Agency Priorities, setting forth areas of opportunity in connection with implementation of the executive order. In keeping with the requirement to yearly submit updated annual plans, federal agencies also will continue to build upon these priorities, providing annual updated statements.

These statements of priorities inform areas of focus and emphasis, providing historically black colleges and universities and the private sector with useful information to target their outreach to and engagement with federal agencies.


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Farmworker Coordination

The Farmworker Coordinator identifies challenges faces by farmworkers and coordinates the community’s needs with USDA resources, and training to advance into other agricultural careers. The Coordinator works with community-based organizations to disseminate information that ensures farmworkers have access to USDA programs that may assist farmworkers, including emergency services provided by USDA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. USDA works closely with other Federal departments to better identify and address the needs of farmworker communities.


For more information on these initiatives, please contact us at:

Maria Goldberg
Phone: (202) 720-6350


Building Resilience in Agricultural and Food Systems through Strategic and Innovative Partnerships

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) and the Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area will host a public private partnerships pre-conference virtual convening on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 1-4:30pm EST. The goal of this event is to be present and future facing and to use the discussion of existing partnerships to foster a dialogue about the types of strategic relationships that could be created between USDA, local government, and private industry to support resilience in disaster recovery. Speakers will highlight innovative partnerships between federal, state, local and private partners that are essential to ensuring a resilient food system, and that can help agricultural communities before, during, and after natural disasters. For additional information, please contact and

Building Resilience in Ag - Save the Date (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Speaker Bios