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USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the launch of a hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19.

Local and regional organic producers may benefit from this new resource. 

Read the AMS Announcement


Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program: Stakeholder Input Webinar

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking stakeholder input in the the development of its 2021 Request for Applications (RFA) for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

Annual Stakeholder Input Webinar

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
1:00 – 2:30 Central Time

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Meeting ID: 160 595 0572
Passcode: 299337

For background, stakeholders may want to read the 2020 RFA.

Read the 2020 RFA

Unable to join the webinar? Stakeholder input is welcome at any time. Submit comments by September 30 to help with the 2021 RFA. 

Send written comments via email to: Denis Ebodaghe at or Desiree Rucker at

Interested in BFRDP program updates? Email your request to Curtis Mahnken at with "Join BFRDP Listserv" in the subject line.