What is in this article?:
- Vilsack takes aim at helping small farms
- New initiatives
- Program aids provided by the Agriculture Act of 2014
- Planned for the fiscal 2015 Budget
USDA is rolling out new and expanded efforts to help small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers service local and regional markets.
Planned for the fiscal 2015 Budget
- $2.5 million to provide food safety training to owners and operators of small farms, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetable vendors affected by Food Safety Modernization Act.
- $3 million for Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producers Grants Program to ensure historically underprivileged rural Americans have opportunities for cooperative development.
- $2.5 million for a new Food and Agriculture Resilience Program for Military Veterans (FARM-Vets) that promotes research, education, and Extension activity for veterans.
- $11 million for the Value-Added Producer Grants Program. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provides an additional $63 million in mandatory funding that is available until expended.
For more information on the new initiatives, check the USDA web site frequently. No time frame was provided, but USDA officials say they hope to have the first of the programs available in mid-to-late April.