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Grants for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program


$14 Million Available to Help Train the Next Generation of Farmers

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which administers BFRDP, released Requests for Applications (RFA) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 and 2020.

BFRDP is a competitive grants program that provides funding for educational, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States and U.S. territories. For over a decade, this program has helped aspiring producers to launch careers in agriculture, and beginning producers to maintain and grow successful farm and ranch enterprises.

Organizations interested in applying for grant funding must submit an electronic application through Grants.gov by 5:00pm EST on Thursday May 16, 2019 (for FY 2019 awards) or February 13, 2020 (for FY 2020 awards).