An even more ambitious option that may gain traction during the farm bill debates would be to double funding for BFRDP's core training program and triple total funding so that the program could also support advanced initiatives linking retiring farmers to young and beginning farmers.
"BFRDP Program Data, Fiscal Years 2009-2016." Washington, D.C., October.
is an education, training, technical assistance and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers and managers of non-industrial private forest land--specifically those who are aiming to start farming and those who have been farming or ranching for 10 or fewer years.
Since its inception in 2009, BFRDP has made 256 awards totaling more than $126 million, at least one in every state (Figures 1 and 2).
Box 1: Educational Enhancement Teams: Helping the Trainers Seven BFRDP Educational Enhancement Team (EET) projects are currently active, funded in 2014-2016.
Obudzinski supports enhancing the established BFRDP
, the loan programs, the Transition Incentives Program to provide incentives to those with expiring CRP contracts to transfer land to conservation-minded new farmers, and crop insurance programs.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, BFRDP
funded 29 projects to train, educate, and provide outreach and technical assistance to beginning farmers.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) new Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP
) made its first-time awards of $18 million in FY 2009: an important milestone support of local and regional training, education, outreach, and technical assistance to address the critical needs of beginning farmers.