U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Thursday announced the East Arkansas Enterprise Community will receive a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help improve the competitiveness and practices of African American farmers in Lee, Mo

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Thursday announced the East Arkansas Enterprise Community will receive a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help improve the competitiveness and practices of African American farmers in Lee, Monroe, Phillips and St. Francis Counties. Additionally, a $345,825 USDA grant has been awarded to the National Black Growers Council to help African American farmers in Arkansas.
“I am proud to deliver this assistance that will help Arkansas’s hard-working farmers and ranchers grow their operations and access critical USDA programs,” Lincoln said.
A representative from Lincoln’s committee staff made the announcement at the National Black Growers Council meeting in Pine Bluff Thursday.
The grants are made possible through the USDA’s Outreach Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) Competitive Grants Program, also known as the 2501 program, which enables organizations to help farmers and ranchers successfully acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches and to assure equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs.
More information about the grants can be found at the USDA’s website at www.USDA.gov