Today in East Point, Ga., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, to sign an agreement signifying a continued partnership between USDA and the nonprofit organization.
The partnership between USDA and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund aims to increase the number of minority landowners in the South and support them in sustainable forestry and agroforestry practices. Secretary Vilsack signed on behalf of USDA’s Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and National Agroforestry Center, which have roles in implementing the agreement. The agreement renews USDA’s commitment to working with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to assist African American landowners and other underserved farmers, and ensure they have access to critical resources and information. The agreement focuses on the key role that underserved landowners play in forest management, food production, conservation, wood energy, and climate mitigatio