The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project (OBHRPI) are partnering to increase participation of USDA programs in agriculture and conservation among socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (SDA).
CARE Project Goals
Provide information, training, funding opportunities and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers producers.
Build relationships between socially disadvantaged producers, USDA and conservation districts at the local, state, regional and national levels.
Cultivating leadership of socially disadvantaged producers to increase their knowledge of and participation in USDA programs.
Provide educational information and training opportunities to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in larger geographic areas across Oklahoma.
Educate traditional farmers, ranchers and conservation district leaders and employees about the unique barriers that socially disadvantaged farmers/ranchers face.
CARE Project Focus Areas
The project will focus on six counties with a substantial population of African American/Black and Native American current/prospective farmers and ranchers.
For more information, contact Sarah Blaney at 517-763-8609.
Resources for Agriculture Producers
how to get involved with local conservation Efforts:
Conservation District Office Elections
Each year, conservation districts throughout the state elect officers to lead their local districts To be eligible to file for district director election, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a cooperator agreement with the district. Learn more→
Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections
The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations, to provide a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSA County committee members help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level, decide the kind of programs their counties will offer and work to make sure FSA programs serve the needs of local producers. Learn more→
Helpful Information for Agriculture Producers Visiting USDA Service Centers
Below is a list of information that you will need to enroll in USDA programs
1. Your Name
2. Address of Operation (& Mailing Address if different.)
3. Ranch or Farm Tract #
5. Nearest City or Township
6. DBA (Doing Business As)
a. If you are operating an LLC, you will need to know your employer identification number or EIN
7. Warranty Deed or Lease
8. Conservation Plan
9. Types of Crops – Pasture/Forestry Land
10. Current filed CCC-941 form to verify the average adjusted gross income
a. If your operation is an LLC, each individual that is part of the LLC must complete the CCC-941 form annually
DON’T FORGET YOUR RECEIPT!
All USDA Representatives must provide you a “receipt for service” for any approved, denied, or requested services. You can also request photocopies of your completed paperwork for your own records.
To ensure that all USDA customers and potential customers are being properly served in local offices, the 2008 farm bill requires that a “Receipt For Service” (Form AD-2088) be provided, upon request, for each benefit or service sought by any inquirer, applicant, or customer of the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Rural Business Service, the Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service.
All USDA representatives of the agencies listed must provide you a “Receipt For Service” for any approved, denied or requested services. Be sure to ask for a “Receipt For Service” as it is your right!
Anyone who experiences any problems obtaining a Receipt for Service can call the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach at 1-800-880-4183.