U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

U.S. Senator Tina Smith told KMRS that she is concerned about a USDA diversion of funds from a farm program that was included in the bipartisan Farm Bill. The monies had been used to provide funding for a program known as Section 2501, which provides outreach and technical assistance to immigrant farmers, farmers from diverse backgrounds and veterans who wish to go into farming. The diversion is using those resources to set up a new program called the Centers for Community Prosperity that she said senators didn’t know anything about.

“I’m going to keep pushing on this because I’ve seen firsthand how this Section 2501 program is a real godsend for veterans, for example, that are looking to get into farming and just need a little bit of technical assistance and support,” said Smith.

Smith said the 2501 program was actually working to create an avenue for those groups to get into farming.

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