U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden this week announced the availability of more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) administered by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
The BFRDP awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers, including workshops, educational teams, training and technical assistance throughout the United States.
Fiscal Year 2015 applications for BFRDP are due March 13. NIFA will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST. No password or advance reservation is required. A recording will be posted on the NIFA website shortly after the event.
Funding for BFRDP program is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Additional information is available at www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/beginningfarmersandranchers.cfm.