National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute

National Farmers Union’s (NFU’s) Beginning Farmer Institute is a risk management, business, financial and leadership development program for Beginning Farmers. All beginning farmers are welcome to apply regardless of production technique or geographic region. This program does not offer technical agricultural instruction, but instead focuses on other key skills in agriculture, particularly in the areas of risk management. Participants will attend weekend sessions that focus on various topics such as writing a business plan, agricultural accounting, direct-marketing, public speaking etc. These sessions will also feature experiential learning through field trips and interaction with other beginning farmers and ranchers.

The program takes place over 3 sessions throughout the US. The first session is in Washington, DC while the second and third rotate throughout the country. All costs of participating (airfare, meals, materials etc.) in the program are covered. Participants pay a $100 enrollment/registration fee upon acceptance into the program—this is the only fee associated with participation.

This program is a wonderful opportunity to further develop the skills necessary to succeed and grow a farm business as well as meet other beginning farmers from around the country.

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