Govt Spends $1.5 Million To Teach Refugees, Immigrants About Farming

</head><body data-rsssl=1 id="readabilityBody" readability="110.92491838955"></p> <p>“Most refugee farmers arrive in the US with only basic record-keeping skills and without knowing how to acquire land,” according to the project details. “Through non-traditional land leases, savings requirements, and financial management training and support, farmers will develop the financial and production records that prepare them for taking out loans, acquiring land and achieving business independence.”</p> <p>Catholic Charities has worked to train refugees around Kansas City, Kansas since about 2004, Meredith Walrafen, program coordinator for the New Roots Refugee program told The Daily Caller News Foundation.</p> <p>“The refugee process, though it’s positive, is pretty overwhelming,” Walrafen told TheDCNF. “It’s really wonderful to work with people who were farmers in their own country, who come from communities that were focused on agriculture.”</p> <p>Catholic Charities works to resettle refugees across the country, but so far, the Kansas City project has not been used to assist Syrian refugees. Most of the people in the program are from Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Bhutan, though a few have come from east African countries like Somalia, Burundi and the Sudan, Walrafen said. <strong><a href="" >(RELATED: US Records Highest Muslim Refugee Immigration In 14 Years)</a></strong></p> <p>Some funding comes from private donations and partnerships with other non-profits, but the USDA grant is “definitely a great addition to our funding,” Walrafen said. “It’s going to allow us to hire some part time staff that’s really going to be excellent. We’re also hoping to buy some new training materials, and we’re hoping to expand our training program to help people understand what it’s like to start a farm from scratch.”</p> <p><span>The Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) received $513,959 to recruit a training program for refugees, minorities, women and veterans, into a community garden training program. FARRMS will conduct the programs in the Fargo, ND, area, and will have the assistance of Lutheran Social Services to expand to recruitment to refugee communities, the project summary </span><a href="" >says</a><span>. FARRMS did not immediately return TheDCNF’s request for comment.</span></p> <p>Recent immigrants in New Mexico and Texas can receive help from the National Immigration Farming Initiative, Inc., through a USDA grant.</p> <p>NIFI received $513,959 “to assist at least sixty (60) immigrant, beginning farmers and ranchers to start or improve their agricultural enterprises,” focusing on the Paso Del Norte area, which covers southern New Mexico and part of western Texas, <a href="" >according</a> to the project summary. NIFI did not immediately return TheDCNF’s request for comment.</p> <p>All three grants are part of the USDA’s, “Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program,” which will spend a total of $17.9 million on training programs, forums and research to bring more more people into the aging farm industry. <strong><a href="" >(RELATED: Govt Spends Half A Million On ‘Culturally Appropriate’ Food Stamps)</a></strong></p> <p>“We see new and beginning farmers and ranchers as a critical force in sustaining food security, food safety, and many other aspects of agriculture that will become even more challenging as our global population grows,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack <a href="" >said</a> in a statement.</p> <p><a href="" ><em>Follow Thomas Phippen on Twitter</em></a></p> <p><em>Send tips to <a href="" ><span class="__cf_email__" data-cfemail="c9bda1a6a4a8ba89ada8a0a5b0aaa8a5a5acbba7acbebaafa6bca7ada8bda0a6a7e7a6bbae">[email protected]</span></a>.</em></p> <p><em>Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. 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