U.S. Ag Secretary Meets Mississippi Farmers

 

Members of the NCAT Gulf States Region office were invited guests at the meeting with farmers held by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson on Sept. 26.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks to farmers and farm-related business leaders at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS, Sept. 26, 2013. (Photo by Rockiell Woods, NCAT)
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks to farmers and farm-related business leaders at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS, Sept. 26, 2013. (Photo by Rockiell Woods, NCAT)

Among the topics Vilsack addressed were the need for funding for small farmers and agricultural research, the congressional stalemate over the U.S. Farm Bill, and announcing new funding for farmers and health needs in the Mississippi Delta.

Among the agricultural projects in the $3 million in funding that was announced: $199,998 for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives; $200,000 for Mississippi Meat Goat Producers; $185,000 for North Delta Producer Growers Association; $199,842 for Tri Country Agricultural Cooperative; and $200,000 for Winston County Self Help Association Inc.

The NCAT Gulf States office staff has been meeting with representatives of local groups that qualify with USDA’s Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer (SSDP) Grant program and planning workshops and technical assistance for the coming year.

 

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