Apply for the 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Photo: © Patty O'Brien / www.summercrowphotos.com

Photo: © Patty O’Brien / www.summercrowphotos.com

The deadline is approaching for the 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers this program, which funds initiatives aimed at helping beginning farmers and ranchers. Individual are not eligible for this program. Groups like State Cooperative Extension Services, community based organizations, non-profits, and colleges and universities may apply for a grant to support educational courses, technical assistance programming, and outreach initiatives.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 13th.

Click here for more information about this program, and view the request for applications on NIFA’s website.

Women Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program

Holistic Management International is now accepting applications for its 2013/2014 Women Beginning Farmers & Ranchers program. Eligible applicants include woman from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas with less than 10 years farming or ranching experience. This is an intense nine month-long program that includes 60 hours of training. Participants learn both in the classroom and on the land. Since 2009 this program has gradated hundreds of women. Cost for this program is based on a sliding scale of $150-500. Partial and full scholarships are available, and are provided by the USDA/NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. For questions and to learn more contact Ann Adams, HMI’s Director of Community Services.