The mission of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is to equitably serve all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all of us in the U.S. This includes administering credit and loan programs, conservation programs, disaster recovery programs, and farm marketing programs through a national network of offices.
But for many farmers — especially for farmers of color or those not farming commodities on a large scale — the idea of working with FSA can bring up feelings of anxiety, skepticism, or distrust.
Farmers, please join us on April 12 at 4:00 p.m. for a webinar about how and why to work with your local FSA office. We will cover what the FSA office can do for farmers, how to prepare for an FSA office visit, and how to troubleshoot when you have problems or questions.
We will be joined by farmer panelists who will share their experiences and advice for working with FSA offices.
This webinar covers:
- What FSA offices have to offer farmers
- How to set up and prepare for an initial meeting with an FSA agent
- Tips for what farmers can do if they’re having trouble working with their FSA office
- Advice from other farmers on how to develop good working relationships with FSA
This webinar is offered through RAFI-USA’s Resources for Resilient Farmers Project which focuses on outreach and technical assistance for USDA programs that would support greater farm resilience for those within RAFI-USA’S Farmers of Color Network.
Joining the webinar will be:
Farmer Anita Roberson
Botanical Bites and Provisions LLC, Fredericksburg, VA
Farmer Anita Roberson is a fourth-generation Virginia farmer. She and her husband Thomas Roberson founded Botanical Bites & Provisions, LLC in 2013. It is a 10-acre certified naturally grown farm, nestled in Spotsylvania County (just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia). Here they characterize their work as a labor of love reflecting a passion for healthy living. This Army veteran dedicates her farming practice to producing naturally grown, flavorful vegetables, herbs, fruits, apiary products, and cut flowers. Their products are free of pesticides, preservatives, and herbicides by applying agricultural best practices to ensure that her farm products develop naturally in three high tunnels, several fields, and in a small apiary. In addition, she serves with the following organizations:
· Executive Board of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability (VAFAIRS)
· Along with her husband, serves as a farm mentor for new and beginning farmers and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Small Farm Outreach Program of Virginia State University
· Serves on the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition (VBFRC)
· Member of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF)
· Member of the Virginia Farm Bureau
This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number FSA21CPT0011944.