Friday, August 17

SU Ag Center receives funding for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers

Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, Director

Baton Rouge, La - Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center among recent recipients from the USDA. The SU Ag Center received the sum of $300,000 in funding toward “Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers in Louisiana.”

On August 8, 2012, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of 70 grants to tribes, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the country to conduct training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and landowners. The awards are being made through the Outreach Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) Competitive Grants Program, known as the "2501 program."

"USDA continues working to help improve the success of minority farmers and ranchers in today's agricultural economy," said Vilsack. "These grants provide crucial assistance to help institutions who are helping American producers build capacity and increase profitability, and thereby create stronger rural communities."
As authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, the grants awarded will bring $19 million in new and additional funding to programs and organizations to bolster assistance for socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Grants will enable recipients to work with prospective farmers as they acquire, build and operate farms and ranches, revitalize the rural economy, and create new, sustainable economic opportunities in the region and nation.
Recipients include new awardees and qualifying programs and organizations that have previously benefited from Department assistance in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

For further detail, contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, project director, at 225-771-3532 or

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Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

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