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September 2016

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Supporting historically black ag colleges

"...(NIFA) today announced $18.9 million in renewal awards to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment at historically black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities."

Beginning Farmer program helps vet break new ground in agriculture

"Cindy Chastain, farmer veteran coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project based at Purdue, says...“Our goal is make veterans and anyone else interested in starting a farm aware of the support services that are available to them.”
Purdue Extension

Additional farm loan funding available

"While the backlog in loan applications will grow between now and the end of the fiscal year, it is important for borrowers to continue to apply since we will process loans on a first-come-first-served basis based on the application date, once funding is replenished in fiscal year 2017.”

FSA shortfall must be addressed swiftly

"Our nation’s farmers and ranchers are demanding more credit and these funds must be available when needed.”

Women take center stage in agriculture

“We (women farmers) really need to approach tasks with more creativity about how we can use our lower body strength and spare ourselves from injury — perhaps using wheels whenever we can. Instead of lifting up heavy buckets and carrying them, put them on a garden cart and wheel them over to where they need to be.”

Grants to help organic farmers announced


Presidential contenders on ag issues

"...the American Farm Bureau Federation, this week began posting responses from the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees on a range of issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most."

$17.8M to cultivate next gen of farmers

"'Even as this Administration ends, the important work of USDA will continue for the next generation and beyond,' said Vilsack."

Introducing more students to agriculture

"...the National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and have partnered to create AgExplorer. is a new career exploration website that is a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students explore the broad range of careers in agriculture."

Improving access to conservation

“Our bipartisan legislation will help remove government red tape that is standing between small and beginning farmers and the conservation programs that will help protect their farmland and the environments within their communities.”