Dedicated Research Funding for a New Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

Very little federal research funding currently is dedicated to new farming opportunities, farm transfer and succession, farm transition and entry, or farm viability issues. In relation to the upcoming transfer of some 400 million acres of land over the next two decades and the barriers to entry faced by new farmers, including those from socially disadvantaged groups, the funding for research and extension on these issues paltry indeed.

Risk Management Education for Beginners

One proven way for new farmers and ranchers to increase their share of the food dollar is through niche marketing. Risk management education is crucial in the planning and implementation of these types of plans.

Development Matters: You Did It!

You did it. We tried something new last month, and it worked, because so many of you took up the challenge of raising $15,000 by May 15th to support the fight for the future of rural America.

Greensburg, Kansas Rebuilds

Massive spring tornado destroys this rural town, but not its spirit — we list a variety of ways to help residents rebuild

On the morning of May 4, Greensburg, Kansas, was like the small towns in which many of us live and work – a vibrant business community with locally owned small businesses serving the town and neighboring farms and ranches, strong schools and churches serving as the heart and soul of the community, and unique and interesting examples of rural culture and tourism. By late that evening all had changed in Greensburg as a massive tornado destroyed most of the town and many nearby rural homes.


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