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Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO)

Through coordination and collaboration, the Office of Advocacy and Outreach works across USDA to enhance access to services for the communities we serve.

  • Improving the viability and profitability of small and beginning farmers and ranchers
  • Improving access to USDA programs for historically underserved communities
  • Improving agricultural opportunities for farm workers
  • Closing the professional achievement gap by providing opportunities to talented and diverse young people to support the agricultural industry in the 21st century

This calendar lists conferences that OAO staff is participating in or that OAO is providing support to. To view past events click here.

USDA News Select is a selection of items from the main USDA Newsroom that addresses the constituent groups that the Office of Advocacy and Outreach works with - Small and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, Farmworkers, Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and 1890 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. To view all past USDA News Select items click here.


Receive periodic updates about USDA news and programs that relate to OAO stakeholders. To sign up send an e-mail to Include your organization's name, address, weblink, and a 1-2 sentence description of your organization's mission and target audience. We look forward to hearing from you!