BFRDP Projects

Evaluating Beginning Farmer Programs: Identifying Outcomes, Impacts and Factors Relating to Success
[Final Report]

Award Amount: $150,000
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Juli Obudzinski
Organization: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition


  • Overview
  • Results
  • Materials
  • Delivery Area
  • Comments

Project Overview

As interest in new farmer training continues to grow across the country, and more new farmer training projects launch every year, it is imperative that we better understand how to design the most effective and successful new farmer training programs, as well as demonstrate the impacts federal investment have on growing the next generation of farmers. 

Since the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) was first created in 2008, over $145 million has been invested to support nearly 300 new farmer training projects impacting farmers in every state across the country.  While each project is required to track and report outcomes and impacts, until this evaluation was conducted, no national-level analysis had ever been completed of BFRDP as a whole.  Our project team developed and published the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of BFRDP funded projects by analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from project reports, surveying BFRDP project leaders, writing successful project vignettes, and assessing the long-term impacts of completed projects. With this project, we sought to better understand both the short and long-term outcomes and impacts of BFRDP as a whole, and to better understand the factors that lead to more successful new farmer training projects.

Number of Participants: 70


Promotional Materials

There are no promotional materials available for this project.

Educational Materials

There are no educational materials available for this project.

Reports & Evaluations

There are no reports or evaluations available for this project.

Delivery Area

Describe any unexpected results of the project:

How would you improve the project if you were to do it again?

What were the keys to success for your participants?

Individual Stories / Examples of Success