USDA Commits $25 Million for Underserved Communities

The Department of Agriculture is awarding nearly $25 million in grants and cooperative agreements toward ensure broader access and participation in USDA programs and services for historically underserved farmers and ranchers.

One set of awards includes $18.6 million in grants to provide training, outreach, and technical assistance to historically underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers in 21 states through USDA’s 2501 Program. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is also awarding $4.7 million to organizations for projects that will provide historically underserved producers with improved access and technical assistance as they apply for and FSA programs and services.

The effort is the latest in a series of announcements around USDA’s commitment to root out generations of systemic racism, center equity in decision-making and policymaking, lower barriers to access and ensure USDA programming is inclusive of all employees and all customers.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.