USDA Invests Millions Into Training for the Next Generation of Farmers
From NSAC’s Blog: As the average age of our nation’s farmers and ranchers continues to rise, training the next generation has become an increasingly urgent priority. Young and beginning farmers and ranchers face unique challenges to success, obstacles which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps them to overcome through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).
BFRDP, was developed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, and is currently the only federal program specifically dedicated to training the next generation of American farmers and ranchers.
This week, USDA announced nearly $18 million in federal grant funding to be invested in 37 projects across the country, which are dedicated to serving new and aspiring farmers and ranchers. This year’s grantees include 29 community-based and non-profit organizations, including NSAC and several NSAC member organizations, in addition to 8 college and university-led projects.