BFRDP Projects

Developing and Sustaining Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Texas
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Award Amount: $300,000
Grant Program: 2021 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Igalious Mills
Organization: Texas Agriforestry Small Farmers and Ranchers


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Project Overview

Texas Agriforestry Small Farmers and Ranchers implemented a program of developmental guidance and sustaining support for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in 5 East Texas Counties.  TASFR, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is committed to a mission of assisting socially disadvantaged agricultural businesses and their owners.  The organization implemented a comprehensive series of workshops, group activities, and individual guidance to provide clients with information on current government assistance, farming production techniques, and agri-business management.  Learning activities were designed to bridge from group information to applied learning on local farm sites.  A centerpiece of the group activities was the annual agricultural Summit, which brings producers together with USDA agency personnel and local vendors for informational presentations and networking.  Although face to face interaction was limited during the pandemic recovery period, video presentations on the TASFR website were developed to expand learning opportunities.  During the first year of the program, over 50 producers benefited from information sessions.  Several beginning farmers and ranchers secured land and began to build farming operations.  A partnership with the Brigham Young University Good Measure Program helped TASFR to design a program evaluation process.

Number of Participants: 125


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