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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.

You are invited to join representatives from USDA agencies engaged in supporting organic agriculture for a Stakeholders Listening Session on organic provisions in the Agricultural Act of 2014. (See the Economic Research Service's summary of the bill's organic agriculture highlights.) We at USDA hope to hear your thoughts on the implementation process and the impact it will have on the communities that you serve; this will be the beginning of an ongoing conversation we hope to have with you. The details are below.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Where: USDA South Building. Room TBD
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20250
Who: Organic Stakeholders
Representatives of USDA agencies:
Agricultural Marketing Service
Risk Management Agency
Farm Service Agency
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Economic Research Service
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Office of the Secretary

There is limited room for in-person attendees. We can also accommodate call-in attendees; please RSVP to receive the call-in number and room.
ENTRANCE: Jefferson Drive side of the Whitten Building facing The National Mall
NOTE: This Listening Session is not for press purposes.

An RSVP is required by 12pm on Thursday, April 10. Please email your RSVP to Please indicate in your RSVP if you require a call-in number.

Because of security procedures for those coming in person, we request that you check in with security at the Jefferson Drive entrance of the Whitten Building by 11:45am. Please present a valid form of identification to security. Street parking is very limited. The closest metro is Smithsonian Metro Station.

If you have any questions, please email

You are invited to join USDA officials for a Farm Bill Listening Session on the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Tuesday, April 15, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. We, at USDA, want to keep you engaged and informed about the implementation process and the impact that it will have on your organization and Latino stakeholders and communities that you serve.

Event: Latino Stakeholder Farm Bill Listening Session
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. eastern time
Where: Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 107-A or by dial-in
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250

The following USDA officials, as well as others, will be participating in the listening session:
Ed Avalos, Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service
Juan Garcia, Administrator, Farm Service Agency
Tony Hernandez, Administrator, Rural Housing Service
Kirk Hanlin, Assistant Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Robert Ibarra, Director, Risk Management Services Division, Risk Management Agency
Angela Gee, Farm Bill & Budget Coordinator for State & Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service

Please RSVP to by 12:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, April 14. Let us know if you will be attending in person or if you would like to request dial-in information. Also, in your RSVP message, please identify Farm Bill provisions and programs that are of interest to your organization.

Please enter the Whitten Building from the Jefferson Drive side which faces The National Mall. When you arrive at security, please present a government-issued identification. Street parking is very limited. The closest metro is Smithsonian Metro Station.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call 202-720-6643.

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!