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CISA gets $64,000 grant from USDA to inform farmers

  • Congressman Jim McGovern talks with Tim Wilcox and Caroline Pam, owners of The Kitchen Garden farm in Sunderland, MA Wednesday morning during his 6th annual tour of local farms. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—Andy Castillo

  • Congressman Jim McGovern talks with Tim Wilcox and Caroline Pam, owners of The Kitchen Garden farm in Sunderland on Wednesday morning during his 6th annual tour of local farms. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo



For the Gazette
Thursday, September 08, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A new $64,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will assist farmers in the Connecticut River Valley.

Congressman James McGovern announced the grant during his sixth annual regional farm tour Aug. 31.

The grant went to Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, of South Deerfield, to help farmers learn about support programs offered by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

According to a statement issued by McGovern’s office, the grant augments the Obama administration’s efforts to support new and small farm operations in Massachusetts, which began earlier this month.

That support includes a three-year, $595,000 grant to CISA to reach about 600 new farmers with technical workshops and other assistance.

“We’re incredibly pleased,” said Philip Korman, executive director of CISA, adding that funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

“When farmers in western Massachusetts succeed, our economy grows and our community thrives,” McGovern said in the statement. “This grant is a smart investment that will help to keep our local farmers connected with the USDA so they have access to the tools and resources they need to grow.”