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Carver County USDA Offices

Flood Relief and Disaster Assistance for All Farmers: USDA Open House in Glencoe

This group visit with USDA Farm Services staff in Glencoe, MN, will help both aspiring and experienced farmers of all kinds learn about federal assistance options after a flood or other disaster.

Flood Relief and Disaster Assistance for All Farmers: USDA Open House in Glencoe
Flood Relief and Disaster Assistance for All Farmers: USDA Open House in Glencoe

Time & Location

Jul 25, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Carver County USDA Offices, 1103 Gruenhagen Dr, Glencoe, MN 55336, USA

About the event

Floods have been catastrophic in many communities and for many farmers this year in Minnesota. Come learn about federal programs through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that might be able to help.  Go Farm Connect is partnering with USDA staff in Carver County to offer this open house to discuss various federal assistance programs available to beginning and experienced farmers of all kinds. 

The host for this event will be Lily MBoss, who is a farmer and farm advocate with Kilimo MN. She is a Connector with Go Farm Connect, trained to help new and experienced farmers access helpful federal programs. She will be joined by USDA staff from the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service who will explain disaster assistance, insurance, loans, cost share grants and other federal support available for farmers, including an explanation of the deadlines to apply for various programs. 

Refreshments will be provided. Language interpretation is available upon request in the registration form. 

Who Should Attend

All interested parties are invited to attend and learn, including beginning and prospective farmers, landowners, family, friends,  and cultural and agricultural support professionals. No prior experience with federal farm agencies is required. Land ownership is not a requirement to participate in assistance programs.  Attendees do not have to reside in Carver County - this information will pertain to all federal programs.

What To Expect

This brief visit will cover the basics of farm programs and introduce participants to the staff at the USDA Farm Services Center in Carver County. Time will be provided for individual assistance and questions, including help signing up for a farm number and programs like EQIP. Connectors will follow up with interested participants after the event. For more information contact Lily at 651-214-5193 or mbossla@yahoo.com.

About Go Farm Connect

Are you lost in an alphabet soup of federal acronyms? Need help finding the right resources?

Navigating USDA programs can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating. We get that! We've pulled together an experienced team of farmers to help you connect to the right programs. We offer FREE services that focus on different aspects of building a successful farm business. We can provide a Connector to be a personal guide, coach, and ally who shares your goal of running a successful farm operation.

Go Farm Connect is a farmer-led initiative to build relationships between historically underserved specialty crop farmers (beginning, women, veterans, BIPOC and new Americans) and federal farm agencies.  Our Connectors are trained to help farms of all sizes and specialties in Minnesota and Wisconsin access agricultural assistance programs. The three-year project is led by Renewing The Countryside in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Registration through this link is helpful so that USDA staff can be aware of what questions you might want answered. Go Farm Connect staff may take photos and videos at this event to promote programs and future events. Your RSVP gives your permission to be photographed. Please let a Connector know at the event if you want to be kept out of photos.

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