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‘The Business of Farming’ – USDA and partners offer regional workshops to support black and urban farmers and ranchers

The USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Initiative and the USDA Farm Service Agency are collaborating with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and regional partners to offer three regional workshops to support underserved farmers and ranchers by providing essential business-building resources.

Sacramento: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Sacramento County Farm Bureau
2600 River Plaza Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95833
9:00am to 1:00pm

Fresno: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Fresno County Farm Bureau
1274 W Hedges Ave,
Fresno, CA 937281
9:00am to 1:00pm

Bakersfield: Friday, August 27, 2021
University of La Verne, Bakersfield
10800 Stockdale Hwy,
Bakersfield, CA 93311
9:00am to 1:00pm

To RSVP or for further information, contact:
Yolanda Randles at yrandles@wfresnofrc.org
Brooke Raffaele at brooke.raffaele@usda.gov
Victor M. Hernandez at victor.hernandez@ca.usda.gov

The events will be held both on-site and virtually, through Microsoft Teams. Click here to join the meeting once it has begun. The schedule for each of the three sessions is as follows:

9:00am to 11:00am PST (virtual)
9:00am to 1:00pm PST (in-person)

The three workshops will build on one another and consist of an overview of the ‘Growing Together’ Black Farmer Conference with Urban Farmers set for October 22, 2021 in Fresno, followed by panel discussions: CDFA, USDA and other partners will discuss available resources and grant programs. During the second part of the day, business partners will be available for one-on-one business advising to farmers and ranchers who attend. The workshops have been developed for sharing business insight and industry trade advice while highlighting resources for new and beginning farmers and ranchers, for building business acumen and moving toward access to capital.

Black farmers and urban farmers are under-represented in government program participation, so USDA and CDFA’s Office of Equity are working with a community of support organizations to make a concerted effort to create awareness of USDA Farm Production and Conservation agency resources for farmers & ranchers in California. Supporting organizations include: California Farm Bureau, West Fresno Family Resource Center and University of La Verne present: U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE Mentors, and Mission Community Service Center with Kern County Women Business Center.

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