Farm Service Agency district director Chad Scruggs (left) listens as Roberts Vineyard owner Allen Roberts (middle) describes his vineyard operation to farm loan manager Brad Barlow (right). - Photos by Connie Prater

Allen Roberts, owner of Roberts Vineyard in Blackshear, leads USDA reps on tour of his property following August 2, informational forum.

USDA Grants And Loans Available For As Little As 1/10 Acre Of Land

“Many of our area black farmers are struggling and they don’t know about the many avenues available to them,” said Troy Jackson, organizer and co-sponsor of the forum. “We want to support those farmers who have held on to their land and continued the farming traditions started by their ancestors in South Georgia. It’s extremely important that these farms continue to grow and thrive.”
What’s the No. 1 myth about farming grants and loans offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? 
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have large parcels of farm land to qualify for USDA assistance.
In fact, a back yard garden or community garden may qualify. Those with as little as one-tenth of an acre can apply.
Another common misconception: Many people wrongly believe that only certain landowners can access and successfully obtain farm loans and assistance.
Those two myths were debunked during an Aug. 2 forum with local USDA representatives at the Pierce County Lee Street Resource Center in Blackshear. The event was sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Southeast Georgia and Jackson Consultants and Sales to help black, women and socially disadvantaged farmers learn more about USDA programs and services. 
“Many of our area black farmers are struggling and they don’t know about the many avenues available to them,” said Troy Jackson, organizer and co-sponsor of the forum. “We want to support those farmers who have held on to their land and continued the farming traditions started by their ancestors in South Georgia. It’s extremely important that these farms continue to grow and thrive.”
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