Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program – Stakeholder Listening Sessions for FY 2010 Request for Applications

The 2007 Farm Bill has made available $19 million in fiscal year 2010 to fund a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) through competitive grants for regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives.  This grant cannot be used to purchase a farm, farm machinery or animals; for the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of a building or facility; to begin farming; or to set up Individual Development Accounts. CSREES is announcing the following opportunities for stakeholder input concerning the BFRDP program for FY 2010: Webinars Join the webinars at: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/csrees/ October 14, 2009;               3:00 – 4:30 p.m. October 15, 2009;               9.30 – 11 a.m. Call-in number October 12-13, 2009;  9 am – 4 pm                                202-720-2635 Fax October 1 – October 15, 2009                                          202-720-6071 Email comments: October 1 – October 15, 2009                                          bfrdp@csrees.usda.gov INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDING THE WEB-BASED STAKEHOLEDR WORKSHOP: Date and time: October 14th 3 – 4.30 pm and October 15th 9.30 – 11 am  -  Eastern times Equipment needed: Your computer should have DSL / Cable line or better.  A dial up modem will not work, unfortunately You’ll also need Flashware software on your computer, version 9 or better.  Most computers have this or it can be downloaded free You can also check the official computer requirements A headset is best for hearing the presentations but your computer speakers will also work (may need turn up the volume) Test in advance: We suggest you test out your equipment anytime before the meeting by logging on to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect/ This would be the time to check the Flashware, for example, and download it if it’s not on your computer October 14th / October 15th Log on to http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/csrees/ as a Guest a few minutes before the start of the session. If you are having problems, call Art Pridemore at: 202-690-1095; or John McClinton at 202-720-8191 The session will begin with a brief presentation by the CSREES Program Directors. We encourage you to type in questions or comments at any time during the session.  These will appear in a window alongside the slide presentation.

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