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:


Join the webinars at:

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


October 1 – October 15, 2009                                          202-720-6071

Email comments:

October 1 – October 15, 2009                                


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

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 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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