On November 22, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will host a webinar on how to write grants for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). The webinar, lasting from 2:00-3:30pm (EDT), will discuss the program, eligibility, changes in FY 2011, and major “dos” and “don’ts” of writing proposals.The request for applications for BFRDP was published on October 26, and the deadline for applications is December 22. NIFA writes that the program’s purpose is “to develop and offer education, outreach, mentoring and internships for beginning farmers and ranchers.” The announcement emphasized that the program is not meant as an aid “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.” To take part in this webinar, go to http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/bfrdpgww/
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