Farmer-Centered Outreach and Education Program
Establishing Channels between Farmers and the USDA
The Farmer-Centered Outreach and Education Program’s purpose is to establish a proactive network of outreach specialists, mobilize farmer leaders, support NRCS’ conservationists, create an interactive farmers’ data clearinghouse, and provide relevant education using a variety of outreach channels and connections for socially disadvantaged farmers and operators not only with USDA-NRCS but other USDA agricultural services and programs. These outreach efforts will aim at improving the ability of farmers and operators to become active, valued representatives of the NRCS and participate equitably in USDA programs and related activities.
As a strategy to satisfy several objectives, the program will develop and submit informational modules that will first focus on measuring the Caribbean region’s farmers’ and operators’ presence, skills, needs, and characteristics. This provides a timely opportunity for USDA-NRCS to improve their staff’s ability to offer tailored training and technical assistance through an improved understanding of changing regional trends, needs, and concerns raised through various data sources.
Trained bilingual outreach specialists
Generated a network of farmers, community leaders, government officials, Hispanic business owners, USDA leaders, and many more
Legal advisory team
Organized educational events and presentations in Spanish and English