Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Top 5 of 2016: A Policy Agenda to Support Beginning Farmers

Countdown time! With less than one week remaining in 2016, we thought a recap was in order. So here's a review of the five best Center stories of the year, chosen by the most views on our website. Number five was drawn from remarks made to the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders at their policy briefing in Des Moines about our fight for beginning farmer policy reform. It was written by Brian Depew, executive director, who has been standing up for family farms his whole life.

Sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program

We’d like to let you know about an open funding opportunity for conservation. The signup process for the updated Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is now open and applications are being accepted.

Your initial application is due Feb. 3, 2017. To enroll in the 2017 program, submit an application to the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) by Feb. 3. For this application, you don’t have to know all of the details about the conservation practices that will be the best fit for you and your operation. Those details are worked out with NRCS later on the process.  

Beginning farmer grows organic and sheep operation

Justin Doerr left the Army after serving overseas and knew he wanted to farm for his civilian career. He is big on planning, so he attended farm tours and webinars across three states to prepare for launching his farm business. He eased back into sheep production, using facilities his parents had vacated while Justin was in the service. Since his youth was spent following his father's direction on farm tasks rather than making his own farm decisions, Justin wanted to share the risk in his startup year of crop production.


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