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Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)

Beginning farmer education for adult and young audiences in the United States can be generally traced back to the advent of the 1862 and the 1890 Morrill Land Grant Acts. But for the first time, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub .L. No. 110-234, Section 7410), appropriated $75 million for FY 2009 to FY 2012 to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 provided an additional $20 million per year for 2014 through 2018. The reasons for the renewed interest in beginning farmer and rancher programs are: the rising average age of U.S. farmers, the 8% projected decrease in the number of farmers and ranchers between 2008 and 2018, and the growing recognition that new programs are needed to address the needs of the next generation of beginning farmers and ranchers.

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More Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grants Program Information

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • Unrestricted (See Eligibility Description)
  • More Information on Eligibility

    The recipient must be a collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner. Others may be eligible to apply. Please refer to Part III of the current BFRDP Request for Applications for complete eligibility requirements.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) April 11, 2014
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    TBD
    June 12, 2014
    Estimated Total Program Funding $19,200,000.00
    Range of Awards Unavailable
    Cost Sharing Requirements At least equal to 25 percent of Federal funds awarded
    For More Information Contact Jill Auburn
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-BFR-004518
    CFDA Number 10.311
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