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Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

Type: Grants

Max award: $250,000 per year for 3 years, with a 25% match in resources

Big idea: The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides grants to organizations that train, educate, and provide outreach and technical assistance to new and beginning farmers on production, marketing, business management, legal strategies and other topics critical to running a successful operation.

Who can apply: State, Tribal, local, or regionally-based networks or partnerships of public and private entities

Possibilities: Grants can cover the following topics for beginning farmers and ranchers:

  • Production and land management strategies that enhance land stewardship;
  • Business management and decision support strategies that improve financial viability;
  • Marketing strategies for increased competitiveness;
  • Legal strategies that assist with farm or land acquisition and transfer.

Real example: Earth Learning, based in Miami, Florida, received $750,000 through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to train new and beginning farmers and connect them with resources to access farmland and establish viable farms. Included in the training is information on growing practices, financing and asset building, and accessing land. The project will focus on Latino and urban farmers with the goal of creating a network of small farms selling into the nearby Miami market through the Everglades EcoGrown Cooperative.

Get more information: For more program information click here.