Beginning Farmer and Rancher Stakeholder Webinar

beginning farmer and rancher stakeholder webinar

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Stakeholder Webinar

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking stakeholder input to inform the development of its 2018 Request for Applications (RFA).

The annual beginning farmer and rancher stakeholder webinar aimed at gathering input on the program will be held 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.  You may join the webinar (first-come, first-served) at:

http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/bfrdpstakeholder17/

New this year we have also scheduled a Twitter Chat for beginning farmer and rancher development program stakeholder feedback! The Twitter Chat is June 7, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern Time. You may participate in the chat using:

#BFRDPinfo\

If you cannot join the webinar or Twitter chat, your comments are welcome writing to bfrdp@nifa.usda.gov, or by email to me Desiree Rukiner - Ross at desiree.rucker@nifa.usda.gov.  Input is welcome any time, but requested by June 30 to be most useful for the 2018 RFA.

The 2017 RFA is available on the NIFA web site.  It would be most helpful if stakeholders would read it as background for comments on improvements for next year.  See the RFA link at:  https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/beginning-farmer-and-rancher-development-program-bfrdp

Also, if you would like to be kept apprised of BFRDP program news, consider joining the email listserv that has been set up by the BFRDP national clearinghouse, Farm Answers, run by the University of Minnesota if you are not already signed up.  To sign up, please email your request to Curtis Mahnken at cmahnken@umn.edu with "join BFRDP listserv" in the subject line.

The beginning farmer and rancher development program is a competitive grants program aimed at supporting the nation’s beginning farmers and ranchers by making grants to new and established local and regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives that address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers.

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