BFRDPBeginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (USDA)
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It is operated by the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management, in partnership with USDA-NIFA and the other BFRDP funded projects.
BFRDP serves new farmers and ranchers of all types--small, mid-size, and large; organic and conventional; commodity producers and specialty crop growers; young people and second-career farmers.
By law, at least 5% of BFRDP funds must go to projects serving military veteran beginning farmers and ranchers, and at least 5% of BFRDP funds must go to projects serving socially-disadvantaged, limited-resource, or farmworker beginning farmers and ranchers.
Box 2: Immigrant Led Community Based Organizations in Minnesota: The Hmong American Farmers Association and the Latino Economic Development Center Two intertwined projects and organizations in Minnesota demonstrate how the BFRDP program has both served socially-disadvantaged, limited-resource populations, and has built the capacity of immigrant and ethnic minority run organizations to provide services.
In 2011, based on data from the first two years of projects funded in 2009 plus data from the first year of projects funded in 2010, grant recipients reported that more than 38,000 new and potential farmers participated in 5,122 BFRDP project events, including a variety of courses, workshops, and other interactions, mainly face-to-face (USDA-NIFA, 2012).
BFRDP also funded three Educational Enhancement Team Projects and one Clearinghouse grant in FY 2009.
As required by the Farm Bill, BFRDP gives priority to partnerships and collaborations led by or including nongovernmental and community-based organizations with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach.
Some of the trends in BFRDP awards are the growing number of projects focusing on training to support enterprises that integrate strategies related to local food systems, sustainable agriculture, urban agriculture, and training veterans and youth.
Some of these institutions are supported through Federal funds, primarily through the BFRDP.
The BFRDP program, first established by the 2008 Farm Bill, aims to support those who have farmed or ranched less than 10 years with workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States.
The 2014 Farm Bill mandated at least five percent of BFRDP funding support veterans and socially disadvantaged farmers.
BFRDP was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, receiving $100 million to be awarded over the next five years.