USDA is funding a new program to grow and diversify the agricultural labor workforce. “We’re announcing 33 project awards totalling $262.25 million,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These investments will cover 24 states and territories.” The only project in the tri-state region is $4.5 million for Fort Berthold Community College at New Town, North Dakota. A virtually shared indigenous food systems curriculum will be created. The NextGen program is designed to help young people find careers in agriculture and STEM-related industries.
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