The USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is getting under way.
More than $18 million is being made available for programs for beginning farmers - which the USDA defines as those who have been farming less than 10 years. As the average age of American farmers rises, the USDA is stepping up to help young people access the resources they need to start farming. This particular program isn't for individuals directly, but for
a collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include: state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate partner.
If you have such a network, organization or school in your area, bring them the information - ask them to apply. Make sure they know this opportunity is available!