BFRDP Projects

Battle ground to Breaking Ground
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $600,000
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Rick Peterson
Organization: Texas A&M AgrLife Extension


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Project Overview

The project’s overall goals are to increase the number and enhance sustainability of veteran and other beginning farmers and ranchers, through an innovative, holistic model for education, training, technical assistance, and outreach, reducing self-employment barriers for veterans and other beginning farmer/ranchers (particularly those with disabilities). To accomplish the above referenced goals the project has provided: 1. a holistic and relevant educational experience to support farm enterprise education and sustainability through access to: a) face to face and online educational training in farm management and production specific agriculture practices; b) provided individualized educational planning and guidance to support diverse agriculture business interests; c) hands-on learning opportunities connected to online course content; and d) follow-up mentor support, 2. peer-to-peer learning through a Community of Practice, and 3. an array of veteran transitional and disability support services. Outreach efforts targeted military veterans and socially disadvantaged beginning farmers/ranchers with and without disabilities. The project provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed decisions regarding entering, establishing, and managing successful agriculture enterprises. The activities are designed to enhance participants’ success in agribusiness startup, business expansion and sustainability augmented by peer-learning and support services and experiential learning opportunities. Formative and summative evaluation measures for program improvement and overall evaluation are included. Program sustainability is addressed through strategic partnership engagement beyond the life of the project. Ease of replicability of the program has been engineered into the design of the program.

Number of Participants: 692


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