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September 22, 2017

USDA Awards $481K to Arkansas Project to Recruit Farmers


BRINKLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly a half million dollars to an east Arkansas project aimed at supporting new farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $17.8 million for 37 projects on Wednesday as part of the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The USDA says the average age of the American farmer is 58 years old, so the agency recognizes the need to recruit the next generation of farmers.

The Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation in Brinkley received $481,080 in funding. The program aims to recruit 120 farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or have limited resources to become successful growers of produce. Organizers say the program will have a positive economic impact on the community.

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BRINKLEY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly a half million dollars to an east Arkansas project aimed at supporting new farmers and ranchers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $17.8 million for 37 projects on Wednesday as part of the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The USDA says the average age of the American farmer is 58 years old, so the agency recognizes the need to recruit the next generation of farmers.

The Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation in Brinkley received $481,080 in funding. The program aims to recruit 120 farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or have limited resources to become successful growers of produce. Organizers say the program will have a positive economic impact on the community.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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