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Second USDA Food Commodity Contracting Conference Announced

Second USDA Food Commodity Contracting Conference Announced
Helping rural small businesses compete for USDA contracts.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says the second in a series of small business conferences aimed at increasing USDA's Food Commodity Contracting Opportunities for Rural America will take place on Dec. 9 at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. The initiative is designed to help small farmer-owned cooperatives and small rural businesses better compete for government and commercial contracts at USDA.


Each year USDA purchases more than $5.2 billion in goods and services essential to meeting the needs of its customers and the various missions of the Department. Approximately 50% of these dollars are spent on food commodities. USDA's Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization and USDA's Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, and Agricultural Marketing Services are co-hosting the conferences. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the program from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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