UMES and USDA to help socially disadvantaged agricultural communities

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – At the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the agriculture department will be working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Service to help farmers in underserved communities with the help of the university.

We’re told, this cooperative research agreement allows the USDA and UMES to put together a process that can help farmers do business. UMES will work with local farmers and others in northern states to address issues black, indigenous and people of color, and other underserved communities are facing when it comes to applying for grants.

The $1.35 million will help provide training, resources, technical assistance to help these farmers become more competitive, and market themselves. Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, lead on the project and the nutrition and health programs director at UMES tells 47 ABC, farmers are key in our economy and we must help all of them.

“Our role at UMES is to understand, to listen to their story, and understand why and also include them in the solution,” says Dr. Zoumenou. She adds, “The growth of the farmers will help not only the farmers, and families, but also the community.”

Dr. Zoumenou also tells us, she hopes this will attract more minority farmers to apply for grants, and look for resources to better help their business.

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