ABIRC’s Executive Director, Blong Xiong, Appointed as a State Executive Director with the USDA

On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the U.S. president, Joe Biden, announced the appointment of several individuals who will be taking on a leadership role with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). One of those individuals is ABIRC’s very own Executive Director, Blong Xiong. From the linked article (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/01/13/president-biden-announces-key-regional-appointments-for-usda-and-hud/): “As the Executive Director for Asian[…]

ABIRC Distributes CUSP Funds to Farmers

In December 2021, ABIRC staff distributed CDFA-California Underserved Small Producers Program (CUSP) checks to small, disadvantaged BIPOC farmers in Fresno County, Merced County, and Sacramento County. There was a total of 70 small farmers who were approved for funding, 35 in Fresno County, 18 in Merced County, and 17 in Sacramento County. The grant amount[…]