Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can be generally traced back to the advent of the 1862 and the 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts.

But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L.

No.

110-234, Section 7410), appropriated

credit:


$75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.

The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 201 8. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are:
the rising average age of U. S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

Related Programs

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Department of Agriculture


Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Estimated Funding: $18,000,000





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Applications may only be submitted by a collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of qualified public and/or private entities.

These collaborations may include the following entities: State Cooperative Extension Services; Federal, State, or tribal agencies; community based organizations (CBOs); nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); junior and four-year colleges or universities or foundations maintained by a college or university; private for-profit organizations.

Inclusion of beginning and/or non-beginning farmers and ranchers as part of the collaborative group is strongly encouraged.

Applications submitted by individuals, or by organizations that do not involve other entities in a network or partnership, are not eligible for consideration under any category applicable to the BFRDP.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/beginning-farmer-and-rancher-development-program-bfrdp

Contact:
NIFA Help Desk Phone: 202-401-5048 Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET, excluding Federal holidays

Agency Email Description:
If you have any questions related to preparing application content

Agency Email:
electronic@nifa.usda.gov

Date Posted:
2015-10-29

Application Due Date:
2016-01-21

Archive Date:
2016-02-20



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