Welcome, FOTO!
The new 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, three months late and FOTO-ready. The Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program is a new initiative that unites two critical programs for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander farmers and beginning and veteran farmers. FOTO combines the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which currently funds Farm School NYC, and the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers program, which has supported outreach for people of color and veterans for nearly three decades. This initiative should streamline and strengthen the programs, which will remain distinct, but will better coordinate their complementary goals in this new arrangement.