The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes the plight of socially disadvantaged landowner participation in their various programs. In that regard, we want to share a promising model with you, as Technical Service Providers, that breaks those barriers, increases agriculture and sustainable forest productivity, and enables land ownership retention. Please join us in a workshop on the many options available to landowners, ranchers, and producers.
At the workshop, you will:
- Hear from North Carolina A&T Extension on ways they approach landowner outreach and the methods used to provide resources to this community. (New farmers, underserved farmers, and those with small-scale acreage need the information to develop farm management best practices and to implement agricultural methods that protect the natural environment, produce the highest quality food and livestock, and provide a reliable family income.)
- Learn about the 2018 Farm Bill (enacted in December 20, 2018) and what is new, especially related to USDA Farm Service Agency. The Farm Bill continues its strong support for America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards through a variety of safety net, farm loan, conservation, and disaster assistance programs.
- Learn about the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Programs. NRCS offers financial and technical assistance through conservation practices, activities, and enhancements to help agricultural producers make and maintain improvements on their land.
- Discuss the potential to enhance the work if additional resources were made available.
- Hear about a train the trainer pilot study project designed to educate landowners on the above opportunities.