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USDA awards $50 million to address labor challenges in agriculture

PALISADE, Colo. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced awards of $50 million will be given to agricultural operations throughout the U.S. to address agriculture labor challenges through the Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection pilot program.

The awards include $200,000 for an Iowa farm, $1.9 million for six Minnesota operations, $100,000 for a Montana farm, $820,000 for two North Dakota operations, and $200,000 for a South Dakota ranch.

"These awards will largely support small and mid-sized farms to ensure they can hire and retain the workers they need to be competitive in the market, while also lifting up rural communities across the country," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who announced the awards on June 14. "Farmworkers make an incredibly important contribution to food and agriculture and ensure we have food on our tables every day. Improving working conditions and quality of life for farmworkers, both U.S. based workers and those that come to our country to work, is one key step in building a stronger, more resilient food supply chain."


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