The U.S. Department of Agriculture has rolled out the first grant cycle of the newly reauthorized Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Minnesota Land Stewardship Project policy organizer Adam Warthesen says it’s part of the recently passed farm bill and provides resources that enable’s groups to help beginning farmers build sound farming enterprises and add to the economic viability of their rural communities.
Warthesen says the beginning farmer and rancher development program not only helps those just getting into the business of agriculture but it also boosts economic development and helps rejuvenates rural areas.
Groups have until June 12 to apply for BFRDP funding in 2014. For more information and how to apply for BFRDP funding, go to nifa.usda.gov.