University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Placer and Nevada Farm Advisors Roger Ingram and Cindy Fake have recently been awarded grants to support programs that serve local farmers and ranchers.
The grants total $461,585 and were awarded by the USDA Risk Management Agency and the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA).
A key part of the UCCE Placer Nevada mission is to provide training to area farmers and ranchers in order to keep local farms and ranches economically viable. UCCE currently delivers about 220 hours of training annually to local farmers and ranchers. The grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency will help fund training for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as assisting existing farmers with marketing, business, risk management, and production skills.
The CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant will assist farmers and consumers through education about the health benefits of eating local produce. The grant will also help make that produce more available to residents of Placer and Nevada Counties through farmers’ market vouchers, seasonal tastings, and community dinners prepared with local produce.
Increased local produce sales will assist area farm and ranch businesses to become more profitable and make a greater contribution to the local economy.
For more information, contact UCCE Farm Advisors Roger Ingram or Cindy Fake at (530) 889-7385.