USDA Announces $22M for Underserved, Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Since 2010, the 2501 Program has awarded 615 grants totaling more than $194 million.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday announced approximately $22.3 million available to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities that help underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms.

Funding is made through USDA’s 2501 Program. This program is administered by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).

“2501 Program partners are based in local communities and rural areas where they serve a critical role in maximizing USDA’s outreach efforts to underserved communities,” said OPPE Director Lisa Ramírez. “They provide training and technical assistance to help these agricultural producers succeed and also connect them to USDA programs and services.”

For more than 30 years, and in partnership with organizations nationwide, the 2501 Program has helped reach underserved farmers and ranchers. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the program to include assistance to veteran farmers and ranchers. The 2018 Farm Bill increased mandatory funding for the program through fiscal year 2024. With 2501 funding, organizations conduct education, training, farming demonstrations, and conferences on farming and agribusiness.

Since 2010, the 2501 Program has continued to increase access to USDA’s programs and services and awarded 615 grants totaling more than $194 million. For example, FY 2023 grantee Farm to Table Guam is helping farmers in Guam with business training, financial planning, and technical assistance in crop production and distribution. Quivira Coalition is reaching rural producers in New Mexico with radio spots in English, Spanish, and Diné Bizaad (Navajo) about arid land stewardship practices and conservation.

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, community-based organizations, and a range of higher education institutions.

Applications must be submitted through and received by July 5. Visit the 2501 Program page for more information on the 2501 funding opportunity.

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