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Special Initiatives and Mandates

Statistics on USDA program access by race, ethnicity, and gender

The USDA Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Program Statistics query tool (REGStats) is the Department’s official tool to make program application and participation rate data available to the public on the Internet. The REGStats website provides summary information about the number of individuals and entities that apply for, and receive, federal assistance from four USDA agencies or mission areas – the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rural Development (RD), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

The information available in REGStats includes the number of applicants and recipients, by fiscal year, for a number of USDA programs available to agricultural producers and landowners, categorized by race, ethnicity, and gender. Summary totals may be obtained nationally, or by state and county for the 50 States, as well as the U.S. territories.

REGStats contains summary data only. It does not contain information about individual agricultural producers.



The White House Initiative on Asian Americans 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.

Additional Resources



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.

Federal Resources

Food Assistance:
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

Special Supplemental:
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC)

Emergency Services:
USDA Disaster Resource Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Disaster Distress Helpline

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants

Federal Register Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing Loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing Grants for New Construction for Fiscal Year 2021

Health and Safety:
White House Executive Order Protecting Worker Health and Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines
Department of Labor (DOL) – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
COVID-19 Workplace Safety Resources in Spanish -
COVID-19 Recursos en Español sobre la Seguridad en el Lugar de Trabajo
COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
COVID-19 Vaccines Toolkit – English and Spanish

Employment and Education:
Department of Labor (DOL) – National Farmworkers Jobs Program (NFJP)
Department of Education – Office of Migrant Education

Other Resources:
National Association of Community Health Centers
University of California (UC) – Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety: COVID-19 Resources for Agriculture
National Center for Farmworker Health
National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants


For more information on these initiatives, please contact:

Maria Goldberg
Phone: (202) 720-6350

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