USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Education, Mentoring, and Technical Assistance Programs to Help New Farmers and Ranchers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $17.7 million in available funding to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs that help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories. Funding is made through NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

BFRDP targets farmers and ranchers who have never operated a farm or ranch, or have not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years. BFRDP sets aside a portion of funding for projects that address the needs of two subsets of beginning farmers and ranchers:

  • At least 5 percent of the program’s funds will be allocated to address the limited resource needs of beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged beginning farmers or ranchers, and/or farm workers, to include immigrants, desiring to become beginning farmers or ranchers.
  • At least 5 percent will be allocated to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers who are military veterans.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. See the request for applications for details.

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