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USDA Awards $5.6 Million in Grants to Assist Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

News Release

Jennifer Martin, CSREES Staff, (202) 720-8188

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2006 – Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that USDA is awarding 21 competitive grants totaling more than $5.6 million to strengthen efforts aimed at serving minority and disadvantaged farmers.

“USDA is committed to helping the nation’s minority and disadvantaged farmers,” Johanns said. “The grants will help many farmers and ranchers successfully acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches by delivering a wide range of outreach and assistance activities including farm management, financial management and marketing.”

A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice without regard to their individual qualities.

The grants announced today are part of the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program, also referred to as the 2501 program. The awards are administered by USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES).

Fiscal Year 2006 awards include:

  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Salinas, CA, $289,679
  • College of Micronesia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, $119,552
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Albany, GA, $119,586
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, $265,009
  • Indian Nations Conservation Alliance, Twin Brides, MT, $300,000
  • Langston University, Langston, OK, $300,000
  • National Tribal Development Association, Box Elder, MT, $300,000
  • New Mexico State University, Alcalde, NM, $300,000
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, $300,000
  • Rural Coalition, Washington, DC, $299,391
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, $300,000
  • University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR, $299,996
  • University of California, Davis, CA, $298,712
  • University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD, $200,000
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, $296,593
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, $214,421
  • University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, TX, $299,994
  • University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, TX, $300,000
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA, $261,476
  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA, $285,513
  • Winrock International, Little Rock, AR, $299,860

CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. For more information, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov.