This remote workshop is intended for beginning growers who have never worked with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) before, or for producers who are familiar with these programs but have questions about the process and/or programs available.
We will hear from Bailey Albert and Jack Loomis, FSA and 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). CISA and SEMAP are 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 time for questions. You will be able to type your questions into a Q&A box or raise your hand to ask your question aloud.
This event is co-sponsored by UMass Extension, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Southeastern MA Ag Partnership (SEMAP), Sustainable Nantucket, and Sustainable Business Network.