Beginning Farmers and Rancher Coordinators
For people that are new to farming and ranching - the USDA does have someone they can turn to when it comes to learning more about the agency and what they offer.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher National Coordinator Sarah Campbell discusses the role of state coordinators serving beginning producers.
The Farm Service Agency Office of Program Education and Stakeholder Engagement coordinates and implements agency-wide outreach activities to farmers, ranchers and stakeholders who can benefit from the agency's programs and services. Our goal is to increase the participation of customers in FSA programs with targeted marketing activities to those who are underserved. Underserved customers include:
Minority farmers/ranchers and landowners/operators (including African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Asian/Pacific Americans, Hispanics), Women, and the physically challenged who may need, but have not fully benefited from, USDA assistance;
New or Beginning farmers and ranchers (including youth and veterans);
Farmers and ranchers who have not participated in or have received limited benefits from FSA programs that may improve their quality of life, their community and/or the environment;
Small specialty crop farmers, organic farmers and other farmers with production practices that are different from most farmers in the area.