Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) stakeholder input
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) addresses the needs of farmers and ranchers who have less than 10 years experience operating their enterprises. NIFA collects input from stakeholders to inform and guide the program.
NIFA held a webinar on April 19, 2011, to collect stakeholder input into the BFRDP for FY 2012. The full transcript of this webinar is available. NIFA also received stakeholder input through the advertised call-in number, fax, and email.
Note: All comments and suggestions for the FY 2012 Request for Applications must be received by April 30, 2011.
NIFA held a webinar on August 5, 2010, to collect stakeholder input into the BFRDP for FY 2011. The full transcript of this webinar is available. NIFA also received stakeholder input through the advertised call-in number, fax, and email.
NIFA held two webinars to collect stakeholder input into the BFRDP for FY 2010. Full transcripts are available for the October 14, 2009 and October 15, 2009 webinars. NIFA also received stakeholder input through the advertised call-in number, fax, and email.
Based on feedback, the FY 2010 RFA
- initiated the development grants;
- more clearly defined the evaluation criteria;
- emphasized the importance of prior experience;
- clarified several programs and program descriptions, such as educational enhancement teams; and
- included definitions on partnerships, collaborations, etc.
In addition, stakeholder feedback enhanced this BFRDP webpage by including successful projects, examples of matching letters, etc. Comments about the use of stakeholder input can be sent to Siva Sureshwaran, NIFA national program leader.
- FY 2009 Stakeholder Input:
On October 27, 2008, NIFA conducted a public meeting at the Waterfront Centre in Washington, DC, to solicit comments regarding the development of implementing regulations for BFRDP. Approximately 50 people attended this session from several community-based organizations (CBO) (e.g., Land Stewardship Project, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, California Farm Link, New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, Rural Coalition, American Farm Bureau, Center for Rural Affairs, etc.); professional organizations (FFA, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, American Forest Foundation, etc.), universities (Iowa State University, regional risk management education centers, etc.), state and federal agencies (USDA Office of Small farm Coordination, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, etc.), farms and small businesses (e.g., Simple Gifts Farm, Custom Ag Solutions, etc.) and others.
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