USDA: A message from the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)

During this trying time, the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) remains ready to assist our customers. We are diligently working to connect individuals, communities, and organizations to USDA resources and to businesses and associations with the willingness to help.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is taking swift action to ensure kids and families are fed during the pandemic and that all of your USDA COVID-19 questions are answered. Additionally, USDA developed the COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.
OPPE has been working with stakeholders to solve an abundance of issues and connect them to potential solutions. Just last week we hosted a call with USDA Food and Nutrition Service, foundations, faith-based leaders, and food banks to discuss regional food bank needs. We were able to connect a New Orleans food bank that was low on supplies with a Texas foundation with excess inventory. This is a great example of how OPPE connects our partners to help America’s rural and underserved communities.
We stand ready to help you. If you, your business, or your organization need to be connected with USDA food and nutrition assistance, rural development services, or other resources please contact us at We’re here to help.
It is my hope and prayer that our generation will be the “next greatest generation.” We will overcome these tough times and we will lead our nation to a new, higher level of greatness.
God Bless,
Mike Beatty
Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement 

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.