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USDA invites qualified farmers to join Minority Farm Register

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 9:12pm

Aitkin — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency invites minority farmers and ranchers in Aitkin, Itasca, Crow Wing and Cass Counties to voluntarily join the USDA Minority Farm Register to receive information and opportunities from USDA agencies.

“The new Minority Farm Register is an outreach tool to reach underserved farmers and ranchers who are not currently enrolled in USDA loan, farm or conservation programs,” said Trisha McMonagle, County FSA county executive director. “The Register is a shared outreach list that will help USDA, community-based organizations and minority-serving educational institutions to communicate with minority farmers and ranchers.”

By joining the Register, minority producers may receive outreach materials, newsletters, and program announcements from USDA agencies. They may also receive information and assistance from other USDA-approved outreach partners, such as community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and minority-serving educational institutions. USDA will carefully control access to and use of the Register.

Individuals wishing to join the register must sign and date a form that provides their name and address. Providing phone numbers, e-mail address, race, ethnicity, gender and farm or ranch location will be voluntary, although the additional information increases the producer’s opportunities for receiving timely assistance.

The register pamphlet with the registration form is available at the Crow Wing/Cass and Aitkin-Itasca FSA County USDA Service Centers or from approved USDA outreach partners. Completed forms may be mailed to: USDA Minority Farm Register, USDA Stop Code 0503, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250.