National Farmers Union Beginning Farmer Institute 2017-18
National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute is free to any beginning farmer and rancher that have been on the land less than five years.
BFI develops leadership and farm management skills in beginning farmers and additionally encourages them to apply those abilities in their community organizations. Farmers Union employs educational sessions, business tools and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives.
NFU encourages new farmers, starting an operation of any size, to apply for the 2017-18 program class. Application deadline is March 30th, 2017.
Through sessions hosted in Washington D.C., California, and Kansas City, the program’s hands-on training emphasizes many of the challenges beginning farmers may face in their careers, such as business planning, access to capital, land acquisition, marketing, and more.
“As the farm population continues to age, we are looking to the next generation of farmers and ranchers to continue to produce food, fiber and fuel. But farming can be an overwhelming business to get started if you don’t have the right tools,” said NFU president Roger Johnson. “For more than five years, the Beginning Farmer Institute has empowered new farmers from across the country to operate successful farm businesses.”
Farmers from all geographic regions and a diverse range of production methods have greatly benefitted from the training.
Our first session is in Washington DC, our second is in Salinas, CA and the third is in Kansas City.
Please look through the application and apply! It is a great opportunity for beginning farmers that want to expand their business management skills.
Email Melissa Miller, NFU Education Director, if you have any questions: Melissamiller@nfudc.org
Cultivating the next generation of farmers and ranchers to carry on the legacy of American agriculture is the main focus of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute.