Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

The Land Stewardship Project and numerous allies were instrumental in working with the U.S. Congress to develop the "Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA) of 2013," which capitalizes on the idea that helping small- and medium-sized farmers and ranchers succeed will create jobs and be a long-term investment in communities that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

Since it was launched in 2009, demand for BFRDP has far outstripped resources available, with hundreds of organizations applying each year. Over 5 years of funding, BFRDP has awarded 184 grants and more than $90 million to help develop the next generation of farmers.

BFROA Brief Summary

This draft document provides a short synopsis of the various provisions of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013. To download it, click here.

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program: 2015 Progress Report

The Land Stewardship Project has developed an analysis of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), which supports community-based organizations that offer beginning farmer training programs. The LSP report examines BFRDP administrative and programmatic strengths and weaknesses based on feedback from fiscal year 2015 grant recipients. In addition, the report evaluates trends over the past few years that demonstrate changes the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has advanced in an attempt to respond to stakeholder input, maximize program effectiveness, and ensure Congressional intent is fulfilled. The LSP analysis also includes recommendations for strengthening BFRDP based on historical trends and data from FY 2015. To download a copy, click here.