USDA announces up to $550M in American Rescue Plan funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide up to $550 million in funding to support projects that enable underserved producers to access land, capital, and markets, and train the next generation of agricultural professionals.

To date, USDA has implemented provisions within Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act, including standing up an independent Equity Commission.

USDA also announced an investment of $121 million in critical infrastructure to combat climate change across rural America. The investments include $111 million for 289 projects to help people living in socially vulnerable communities.