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USDA's $28M investment supports beginner farmers and ranchers

To bolster the agricultural sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $27.9 million investment. This funding, directed towards 45 different organizations, aims to educate and train the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small emphasized the importance of this initiative for future agricultural success and rural prosperity. 

The investment is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). It focuses on various aspects of farming, including capital management, land acquisition, and business strategies. Recognizing the need to lower the age average of U.S. farmers, the program specifically includes provisions for U.S. veterans pursuing agricultural careers. 

Highlighted projects include Alaska's Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, which focuses on training Indigenous farmers, and In Her Shoes, Inc., which supports women and Black farmers in the South. These initiatives are designed to cater to the unique challenges faced in different regions, promoting sustainable and climate-resilient farming practices. 

This strategic investment marks a significant step in nurturing a new, diverse generation of farmers and ranchers. By addressing both educational needs and systemic barriers, the USDA is paving the way for a more sustainable and profitable agricultural future in the U.S. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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