The Farmworker Coordination Program administers
grant funding of section 2281 of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and
Trade Act of 1990, as well as, funding from section 14204 of the 2008 Farm
- Section 2281 aids in providing emergency
services to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers who
have been adversely affected by a local, state, or national
emergency or disaster. Services include, but are not
limited to, assistance with rent or mortgage, utility bills,
child care, transportation, food, farm worker housing and
- Section 14204 assists agricultural
employers and farmworkers by improving the supply, stability,
safety, and training of the agricultural labor force. Services
include but are not limited to: agriculture labor skills
development; workplace literacy and assistance with English
as a second language; health and safety instruction; short-term
housing while transit to an agricultural worksite and more.
The Program coordinates activities to ensure emergency
services are provided to farm worker communities during declared disasters
and other emergencies by:
- Working with USDA, other Federal,
State, and local governments to ensure farm worker needs
- Maintaining contact with CBO’s
to integrate private/public partnerships for assistance.
The Program maintains external communication with
CBO’s, farm worker organizations, educational institutions, state
and local agencies to keep abreast of emerging topics and respond to existing
and emerging problems, needs and opportunities by:
- Maintaining CBO’s lists and
disseminating information and subsequent follow up calls.
- Assessing the needs of farm worker
community and prioritize.
- Comparing the needs with benefits
of USDA programs.
- Attending CBO functions and meet
with staff to maintain contact and visibility.
The Program provides internal leadership and council;
provides vision, direction and perspectives of the farm worker community
to USDA agencies by:
- Disseminating OAO and Farm Worker
- Meeting with agency staff to review
agency programs and farm worker needs.
- Integrating farm worker interests
into Departmental programs, including assisting farm workers
to become agricultural producers or landowners.
- Maintaining communication with Departmental
representation, as well as, agency administration and staff
to keep them informed of activities.