FUNDING: USDA Funding for Farmers of Color & Military Veterans
Historically, farmers of color and military veterans have struggled to access vital farm programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These disparities have existed for a number of reasons, including inadequate outreach to these communities by USDA, as well as institutional discrimination.
In order to better serve farmers of color and veteran farmers, Congress created the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the “2501 Program”) nearly 30 years ago. USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) administers the 2501 program, which helps to ensure that historically underserved producers have equitable access to the information, programs, and opportunities that will help them find success in agriculture.