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Extension Program Area: Small Farm Program
Lincoln University Cooperative Extension has been committed to helping Missouri's limited resource and minority farmers gain information and sustainability for many years. Since 1990 LUCE has served the needs of Missouri farmers through the USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) Program. The OASDFR Program targets a significant population of minority farmers located in the southeast portion of the state known as the Missouri Bootheel. This area is characterized by limited employment opportunities, high poverty rates and a depressed rural economy. Significant minority populations have been identified in other parts of the state such as Callaway County, in central Missouri.
The OASDFR grant (formerly the 2501 program) was established to enable "socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (SDFRs) to successfully acquire, own, operate and retain farms and ranches; and assure equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs" available to them (usda.gov). The USDA defines SDFRs as a "group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group, without regard to their individual qualities" (usda.gov).
As a recipient of the OASDFR grant, Lincoln University serves as a useful and reliable resource for SDFRs throughout the Southeast and Southwest Regions of Missouri. Program educators located in these two regions are ready to offer assistance in a variety of ways:
A number of USDA incentive programs benefit SDFRs through the following agencies:
OASDFR The Sustainable Connection Newsletter
For more information on the OASDFR Program contact: