Join us for “An Introduction to FSA and NRCS Assistance Programs”. This workshop is intended for beginning growers who have never worked with these organizations before and for producers who are familiar with FSA and NRCS Programs but have questions about the process and/or programs.
We will hear from Bailey Albert and Jack Loomis, Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Outreach Coordinators, respectively, as well as from Stephen Taranto, Climate Program Coordinator at Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and Shannon Hickey, Program Manager at Southeastern MA Ag Partnership (SEMAP)—Buy-Local groups based in Western and Eastern MA, respectively—that offer assistance to growers interested in participating in FSA and NRCS programs.
The presentation will cover:
- An overview of FSA and NRCS technical and financial assistance programs
- How to connect with your local service centers to receive tailored support
- Important things to know about the process and realistic timelines
- Assistance available from certain Buy-Local groups
Following the presentation will be lots of time for your questions. You will be able to type your questions into a Q&A box or raise your hand to ask your question aloud.
Click here to register for An Introduction to FSA and NRCS Assistance Programs.
This event is co-sponsored by the UMass Extension Vegetable Program, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP), Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN), and Sustainable Nantucket.
Related Event: MDAR Grant Opportunities for Farmers
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 4-5:30pm
MDAR is hosting a free webinar on their grant opportunities for Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024). They will cover the Ag Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP), the Climate Smart for Agriculture Program (CSAP), the Viability Programs including the Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP), the Matching Enterprise Grant for Agriculture (MEGA), and the APR Improvement Program (AIP).
Click here to register for the MDAR event.
Questions about the MDAR event? Contact Laura Barley, firstname.lastname@example.org, (857) 507-5548.
Register in advance and a Zoom link will be sent to you by email.