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Media Advisory No.: 5157.11
USDA Office of Communications
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan to Host Media Conference Call, Highlight USDA Efforts to Support Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 – FRIDAY, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will host a conference call to announce additional USDA efforts to support beginning farmers and ranchers.
Projects will be awarded in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations that implement education, training, technical assistance and outreach programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers, specifically those who have been farming or ranching for 10 years or fewer.
Friday, September 30, 2011
10 a.m. EDT
WHAT: Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will host a conference call to highlight USDA efforts to support beginning farmers and ranchers.
WHERE: Audio Bridge Number: 800-857-5233
Passcode: USDA (Given Verbally)
Trouble number – 202-720-8560
All callers using the above pass code will be placed in listen only mode. To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, these callers are instructed to press *1 on their touch tone phone.
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