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USDA is rolling out new and expanded efforts to help small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers service local and regional markets.
Program aids provided by the Agriculture Act of 2014
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which provides grants to organizations that train, educate and provide outreach and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers on production, marketing, business management, legal strategies and other topics critical to running a successful operation.
- Value-Added Producer Grant Program was modified to allow USDA to better target small and mid-sized family farms, beginning and socially-disadvantaged farmers, and veterans. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provides $63 million over the next 5 years.