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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Deadline: February 13, 2020

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) will help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories enter and/or improve their successes in farming, ranching, and management of nonindustrial private forest lands, through support for projects that provide education, mentoring, and technical assistance to give beginning farmers and ranchers the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations, and enhance their sustainability. The term “farmer” is used in the broadest sense and may be interpreted to include agricultural farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial private forest owners and managers.

Priorities are as follows:

  • Basic livestock, forest management, and crop farming practices
    Innovative farm, ranch, and private, nonindustrial forest land transfer and succession strategies
  • Entrepreneurship and business training
  • Technical assistance to help beginning farmers or ranchers acquire land from retiring farmers and ranchers
  • Financial and risk management training, including the acquisition and management of agricultural credit
  • Natural resource management and planning
  • Diversification and marketing strategies
  • Curriculum development
  • Mentoring, apprenticeships, and internships
  • Resources and referral
  • Farm financial benchmarking
  • Agricultural rehabilitation and vocational training for veteran farmers and ranchers
  • Farm safety and awareness
  • Food safety and recordkeeping
  • Other similar subject areas of use to beginning farmers or ranchers

BFRDP seeks applications under the following areas:

  • Standard Grants
  • Educational Teams (ETs)

Amount: Approximately $14,000,000 is available to make awards dependent upon project type, as follows:

  • Standard Grants – $200,000 per year for up to three years for large standard grants; $100,000 per year for up to three years for small standard grants; and less than $50,000 for a simplified standard grant application process for one year
  • Educational Team (ET) – $200,000 per year for up to three years

Grantees must provide a match from non-Federal sources in the form of cash or in-kind contributions in an amount equal to 25 percent of the funds provided by the grant or cooperative agreement.

Eligibility: Collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based networks or partnerships of qualified public and/or private entities. These collaborations may include the following entities: State Cooperative Extension Services; Federal, State, municipal, or tribal agencies; community-based organizations (CBOs); nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); junior and four-year colleges or universities or foundations maintained by a college or university; and private for-profit organizations. Inclusion of beginning and/or non-beginning farmers and ranchers as part of the collaborative group is strongly encouraged.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323115

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