Beginning farmers wanted for conservation fellowship

Farm and Food

Angelyn Wang, local foods associate,, 402.870.1721; or Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate,, 402.687.2100, ext. 1012

LYONS, NEBRASKA – Applications are now being accepted for the Center for Rural Affairs’ Beginning Farmer Conservation Fellowship program.

Beginning farmers who want to deepen their conservation knowledge are invited to apply. Fellows will complete coursework in conservation programs and practices, climate change adaptation and impacts, racial equity, and leadership.

“Across Nebraska, farmers and ranchers are working to implement working lands conservation practices, such as cover crops, rotational grazing, and pollinator habitats,” said Angelyn Wang, local foods associate with the Center. “These practices are vital to the health of our soil and environment while producing the food we need. Beginning farmer fellows will benefit from the curriculum we’ve developed with partners and experts on climate change mitigation and resource management.”

Fellows will attend classes and field days, design and implement a conservation project on their own farm or land they are farming, and present at the annual Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The program runs from March 2024 to March 2025.

Eligible beginning farmers must be actively farming in Nebraska and engaged in farming for fewer than 10 years.

The deadline to apply is March 1. For more information and to apply, visit