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“Supportive, Small Scale, Basic Livestock, Financial Skills and Risk Management Training for Beginning Veteran Farmers Program” [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,500
Institution: FARMER VETERAN COALITION
Project Director: Michael O'Gorman (michaelo@farmvetco.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
In our first year of the project, we has created...

A Collective Approach to Providing Resources, Technology and Assistance to Beginning Farmers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $711,213
Institution: Alabama Extension/Auburn University
Project Director: Ayanava Majumdar (azm0024@aces.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The Alabama Beginning Farms (BF) Project at Auburn University was initiated...

A comprehensive new farmer training program for Maine [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $709,713
Institution: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Project Director: Daniel MacPhee (dmacphee@mofga.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Success in training farmers is the hallmark of the Maine...

A Pathway to Livestock Farming: Providing Access to Land and A Guiding Hand [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $219,274
Institution: Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc
Project Director: WENDY WARREN (wendy.warren@swbadger.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The project develops opportunities to start farming on rented land...

Access to Land for New England`s Beginning Farmers: Phase 2 [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $641,222
Institution: Land For Good
Project Director: Kathy Ruhf (kathy@landforgood.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Access to land is one of the biggest challenges for beginning...

Addressing the Training Needs of Hispanic and Limited Resource Beginning Farmers in Nebraska [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $381,726
Institution: Community Crops
Project Director: Ingrid Kirst (ingrid@communitycrops.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Since 2015, this joint project between Community Crops and Center for...

Advancing Next Generation Urban Farmers: Experiential Education, Mentoring, and Employment [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $708,700
Institution: Planting Justice
Project Director: Gavin Raders (gavin@plantingjustice.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This Standard BFRDP project presents an innovative model to advance...

Arcadia`s Veteran Farmer Program [Final Report]

Award Amount: $99,947
Institution: Arcadia Food, Inc.
Project Director: Matt Mulder (matt@arcadiafood.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Based in Fairfax County, Virginia, but pulling on expertise and...

Armed to Farm: Soldiering the Success of Military Veterans in New Poultry, Livestock and Agroforestry Enterprises [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $749,720
Institution: University of Arkansas
Project Director: Dan Donoghue (ddonogh@uark.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Farming offers a viable avenue for returning veterans to transition into...

beefSD: Enhancing knowledge and success of beginning beef producers through mentorship and training [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $744,113
Institution: South Dakota State University
Project Director: Ken Olson (kenneth.olson@sdstate.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
We are addressing the primary goal of BFRDP to “enhance...

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Clearinghouse [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $1,000,000
Institution: University of Minnesota
Project Director: Robert Craven (rcraven@umn.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project has developed a Clearinghouse that will help beginning...

Building On-Farm Success: Resources and Training for Montana`s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $299,946
Institution: Community Food & Agriculture Coalition
Project Director: Annie Heuscher (annie@missoulacfac.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Montana's farmers are under significant climatic and market pressure to...

Classroom and Field-based Training to Assist Beginning Farmers’ Entry into Organic Seed Production [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $251,237
Institution: Organic Seed Alliance
Project Director: Micaela Colley (micaela@seedalliance.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Organic seed production represents a lucrative and growing specialty agricultural...

Conduct Farmer to Farmer Mentoring to Beginning, Immigrant, & Refugee Farmers in Crop Production & Marketing [Final Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: World Farmers Inc
Project Director: Maria Moreira (mmoreira@worldfarmers.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The long-term goal of this one year Development project was...

Cooperative Development Center of Northern New Mexico [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: Center of Southwest Culture, Inc.
Project Director: Arturo Sandoval (vocesinc@gmail.com)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The Center of Southwest Culture's Cooperative Center (CODECE) project received...

Cultivating Success Idaho [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $505,144
Institution: University of Idaho
Project Director: Iris Mayes (imayes@uidaho.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The purpose of Cultivating Success: A Comprehensive Beginning Farmer Training and...

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: A National Program for Training New Dairy Farmers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Institution: Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Project Director: Joseph Tomandl, III (joe@dairygrazingapprenticeship.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
“Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: A National Program for Training New Dairy Farmers”...

Deep Roots: Thoughtful, Comprehensive, Community-Based Beginning Farmer Training [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: Sustainable Farming Association
Project Director: John Mesko (john@sfa-mn.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
During this project, we focused our efforts on those individuals...

Delta Farming Start [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $681,628
Institution: Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc.
Project Director: DONALD GREEN (mdcfwoi@cableone.net)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
In the first project year, Delta Farming Start delivered technical assistance,...

Developing New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Using the Model Farm Concept [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $524,632
Institution: Prairie View A&M University
Project Director: Billy Lawton (bclawton@pvamu.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project has recruited and enhanced the sustainability of new...

Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Farmers in Georgia: A Comprehensive Training Program [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $652,852
Institution: University of Georgia
Project Director: Julia Gaskin (jgaskin@uga.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The overall long term project goal is to increase the...

Education, Outreach, and Training to Alaska Native Beginning Farmers and Ranchers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $427,740
Institution: Tyonek Tribal Conservation District
Project Director: Christy Cincotta (ccincotta@tyonek.com)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project provided training, education, outreach and technical assistance to...

Educational Tools and Methods for Beginning Refugee & Immigrant Farmers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $743,029
Institution: ISED Solutions / Third Sector New England
Project Director: Hugh Joseph (hughjoseph@comcast.net)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
ISED Solutions started its EET award collaboration with 20 refugee farming...

Empowering New Forest Owners in the Northwest [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $167,942
Institution: Northwest Natural Resource Group
Project Director: Kirk Hanson (kirk@nnrg.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The long-term goal of Empowering New Forest Owners in the...

Farm Pathways: Access to Land, Livelihood, and Learning [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Project Director: Kristy Urquhart (kristy@appalachian.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The Farm Pathways: Access to Land, Livelihood, and Learning project...

Farm Works: Supporting beginning, limited resource farmers, including immigrants and refugees, in the Puget Sound Region [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Institution: Seattle Tilth Association
Project Director: Andrea Dwyer (andreadwyer@seattletilth.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The Tilth Alliance Farm Works (TAFW) Agricultural Training and Incubator Project...

Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring for Beginning, Immigrant, & Refugee Farmers in Crop  Production & Marketing Using the Existing Thirty Year Old Fl [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $711,000
Institution: World Farmers
Project Director: Maria Moreira (mmoreira@worldfarmers.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The long-term goal of this three-year Collaborative project is to...

Farming for Cash: A Continuing Training Program for Veteran, Socially-disadvantaged, and Limited-resource Beginning Farmers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $519,443
Institution: Kentucky State University
Project Director: Siddhartha Dasgupta (siddhartha.dasgupta@kysu.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project is a collaboration between Kentucky State University (KSU)...

FARMLAND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:TRAINING THE TRAINERS TO HELP BEGINNERS SECURE LAND AND SUCCEED IN AGRICULTURE [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $669,796
Institution: American Farmland Trust
Project Director: Julia Freedgood (jfreedgood@farmland.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
According to USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, the number of...

Filling in the Gaps: Developing a Farmer Training Pipeline for Metropolitan NYC and Mid and Upper Hudson Valley Farmers with Special Emphasi [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $693,918
Institution: Hawthorne Valley Association
Project Director: Rachel Schneider (rschneider@hawthornevalleyfarm.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The 2015-2016 of our Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Project has...

Generation Indigenous Food:  Preparing Beginning Farmers and Ranchers for Success and Resilency [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $681,459
Institution: University of Arkansas
Project Director: Janie Hipp (jhipp@uark.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project brought together American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native...

Global Garden Farm Chicago: Preparing Displaced Refugee Farmers for Vegetable Production in the Midwest [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $71,080
Institution: Global Garden Refugee Trainig Farm
Project Director: Linda Seyler (globalgardenfarm@gmail.com)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm (GGRTF) developed and delivered 2...

Groundswell New Farmer Training Programs [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $707,726
Institution: Center for Transformative Action
Project Director: Joanna Green (joanna@groundswellcenter.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Our Project Goal is to increase the number, diversity, profitability, and...

Growing Farmers Initiative: Equipping beginning farmers to create economically and ecologically resilient farm enterprises in NY and beyond [Final Report]

Award Amount: $744,951
Institution: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Project Director: Sara Elliott (sarae@stonebarnscenter.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Stone Barns Center's beginning farmer training program, the Growing Farmers...

Growing Roots: Deepening Support for Diverse New Farmers and Ranchers in California [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Institution: The Regents of the University of California
Project Director: Jennifer Sowerwine (jsowerwi@berkeley.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Building on the successes of two prior BFR projects, the...

Growing the Management Skills of Native Americans and Limited-Resource Beginning Farmers in the Southwest [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Institution: The University of Arizona
Project Director: Russell Tronstad (tronstad@ag.arizona.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This project emphasizes the priority topic areas of basic crop...

Growing Together: Building the Capacity and Skills of Low-Resource Beginning Farmers and Agricultural Service Providers in Maine [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $750,000
Institution: Cultivating Community
Project Director: Craig Lapine (craig@cultivatingcommunity.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Cultivating Community’s “Growing Together” will employ a multi-sector strategy to create...

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: A Collaborative Approach To Producer Education on Native American Reservations [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $659,621
Institution: SDSU Extension West River Ag Center
Project Director: Jason Schoch (jason.schoch@sdstate.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The goal of this grant is to address individual, family...

Infrastructure, Access, and Community: A Plan To Support Beginning Farmers in Indiana [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $681,405
Institution: Purdue University
Project Director: Kevin Gibson (kgibson@purdue.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The primary goals of this project are to increase the...

Legal Aid of Nebraska`s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $654,902
Institution: Legal Aid of Nebraska
Project Director: Michelle Soll (msoll@legalaidofnebraska.com)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The purpose of the renewal Legal Aid of Nebraska (LAN) Beginning...

Michigan`s Emerging Farmers Strategies and Tools to Enhance Success [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $744,810
Institution: Michigan State University
Project Director: Michael Hamm (mhamm@msu.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The overall project goal is to create a vibrant network...

Nevada Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $692,433
Institution: University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension
Project Director: Staci Emm (emms@unce.unr.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The long-term goal of this StandardBFRDP Project Renewal is to...

New Organic Stewards: Expanding Community, Resources and Financial Knowledge [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $310,419
Institution: Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
Project Director: Jody Padgham (jody@mosesorganic.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
In the New Organic Stewards: Expanding Community, Resources and Financial...

Organic Farming Program [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $366,976
Institution: Rodale Institute
Project Director: Jeff Moyer (jeff.moyer@rodaleinstitute.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Summary The Organic Farming Program is a collaboration between the...

Organic Grain Resources And Information Network (OGRAIN): Supporting beginning organic grain growers in the Upper Midwest [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $187,379
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project Director: Erin Silva (emsilva@wisc.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The Organic Grain Resources And Information Network (OGRAIN)works to increase...

Recirculating Farms Coalition: Growing Local - Training New and Beginning Sustainable Urban Farmers In New Orleans, Louisiana [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $500,000
Institution: Recirculating Farms Coalition
Project Director: Marianne Cufone (mcufone@recirculatingfarms.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The greater New Orleans, Louisiana area suffers from poverty, food insecurity...

Roads to Successful Farm Succession [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $641,955
Institution: Iowa State Univeristy
Project Director: John Lawrence (jdlaw@iastate.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Project Background:There are several roads or paths available leading to successful...

Securing Beginning Farmers Through Succession Planning Project [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $496,914
Institution: Easter Seals Wisconsin
Project Director: Paul Leverenz (pleverenz@eastersealswisconsin.com)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
A partnership of Easter Seals Wisconsin (ESW), Wisconsin Farm Center (WFC),...

South-West Texas StrikeForce Initiative for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,500
Institution: University of Texs Rio Grande Valley
Project Director: George Bennack (bennack@utpa.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This Standard Renewal Project included 28% sub-awards to a community-based...

Strategic Investments to Ensure Long-Term Success of Veteran-Owned and Advanced Beginning Farms [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,500
Institution: Cornell University
Project Director: Anusuya Rangarajan (ar47@cornell.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
To be finalized at end of project term....

Successfully Navigating the First 10 Years: Education Targeting Farm Dev Stages to Achieve Profitability and Environmental Sustainability [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $670,000
Institution: Oregon State University
Project Director: Garry Stephenson (garry.stephenson@oregonstate.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
With the nation’s need to foster a new generation of...

Supporting Pennsylvania New Farmers in the Start-up, Re-strategizing and Establishing Years [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $461,000
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Project Director: Tara Baugher (tab36@psu.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Leading Pennsylvania's economy with $7.4 billion in sales each year, Pennsylvania's...

Sustainable Farms for Urban Markets [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $603,790
Institution: Hmong American Partnership
Project Director: Bao Vang (baov@hmong.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Sustainable Farms for Urban Markets' (SFUM) mission is to enhance...

The National Farmer Veteran Project: Utilizing Existing Relationships and Networks to Expand Impact and Reach Among Veteran Farmers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: The Farmer Veteran Coalition
Project Director: Michael O'Gorman (michaelo@farmvetco.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
This grant allowed Farmer Veteran Coalition to connect with thousands...

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program: A Participatory Beginning Farmer and Rancher Education and Training Initiative [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $724,828
Institution: Virginia Tech
Project Director: Kim Niewolnyy (niewolny@vt.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Our long-term goal is to holistically improve start-up opportunities for...

Training, Developing, and Mentoring Beginning Organic and Conventional Dairy and Feed Producers [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $100,000
Institution: NFO, Inc. (National Farmers Organization)
Project Director: David Reed (dreed@nfo.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
We developed presentations tailored to the location and the...

Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive, New Farmer [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $460,170
Institution: Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
Project Director: Jenny Carleo (carleo@aesop.rutgers.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
The project goal is to teach new and beginning farmers...

University of Hawaii`s GoFarm Hawaii: A regional new farmer development initiative [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,000
Institution: U of Hawaii, Agribusiness Incubator Program
Project Director: steven chiang (schiang@hawaii.edu)
Funding Opportunity: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
How can we capitalize upon the interest in agriculture to...

Windy City Harvest: Training Beginner Farmers for Chicago`s Urban Agriculture Community [Progress Report]

Award Amount: $712,500
Institution: Chicago Horticultural Society
Project Director: Angela Mason (amason@chicagobotanic.org)
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Summary
Over the past year, Windy City Harvest (WCH) trained 230...