The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program (OASDFR), also known as the 2501 Program, has provided NMAA with an opportunity to serve minority farmers and ranchers by assisting them in participating in USDA-specific programs so they can upgrade and operate their farms more efficiently. The purpose of the 2501 Program is to ensure that socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers have opportunities to obtain, operate, and maintain their rural properties; and equitably participate in all USDA programs.

The NMAA Farmer/Rancher Outreach Team is looking to work with parciantes, ranchers and farmers who are interested in accessing financial and technical assistance through federally funded programs at USDA. Our team, Serafina Lombardi, Jason Jaramillo, and Patrick Staib, will be attending acequia meetings and community events to announce their work and the offer advice or suggestions on programs through the USDA. Our principle focus is to take advantage of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) program through the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) or offer farmers and ranchers financial support for projects or disaster relief through the Farm Services Agency (FSA) or the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA). There is also community infrastructure project funding through Rural Development (RD).

Please contact us directly in the office or look for our Farmer-Rancher Outreach team at community events. We are ready to assist with visits to your farm or ranch and are glad to offer one-to-one technical assistance and support in accessing funds and financing for conservation related, disaster relief, and community infrastructure projects. For more information about this project, please contact Patrick Staib, Farmer/Rancher Outreach Coordinator, at patrick@lasacequias.org