Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

$18 Million Available to Support Training for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

The US Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring, and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
 
We helped create and advocate for this program in the 2002 Farm Bill. It was finally funded in the 2008 Farm Bill.
 

Remembering Hank Rohling

A dear member of the Center for Rural Affairs staff, Hank Rohling, passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2014. In his two years at the Center, Hank crisscrossed the country visiting with Center donors in nearly every state.

Since his passing, many of you have written to share your memories of visiting with him. One Center supporter wrote, “Hank visited our home, and we had such rich conversation. Hank was so real, and it was wonderful to have the Center reach into our home.”

Workshops Teach Beginning Latino Farmers How to Get Started

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own farm or ranch business?  Starting January 17, a 12-session series, delivered in Spanish, will be available for beginning Latino farmers - to teach you all about learning how to start your own farm or ranch.

In this series, organized by the Center for Rural Affairs, you can meet other beginning and experienced farmers, go on farm tours, learn business basics, financial literacy, and production tips from experts! 

These workshops will take place on Saturdays in Crete, NE. Scholarships are available for participants!

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. To prevent soil erosion, Jerry plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips. At a climate forum in Grinnell, he emphasized the importance of finding good ways to incorporate more perennials.

Though he uses numerous conservation practices, he is always looking for ways to improve the resiliency of his land. For many farmers, taking steps to build resilience in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

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