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Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow’s Farmers

July 21, 2008

Lyons, NE – A new career in agriculture can be daunting, but there's hope - and federal money available - for those who are serious about giving it a try. Funding for the "Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program" survived the recent Congressional wrangling over the multi-billion-dollar 2008 U.S. Farm Bill, and interest in the program is high.

Traci Bruckner, of the Center for Rural Affairs, reports her organization is getting what she calls "a huge volume of requests" about the program, and not just from young people.

"We are not only focusing on getting the young guys in, but maybe someone whose been farming for a little while and been doing the conventional model, and wants to transition into a different type of farming."

The program provides grants of financial support and helps connect new farmers with retiring farmers to share kowledge. Brucker says it also assists farmers already in the business, as they move into specialty markets.

"They start out smaller, and they focus heavily on the farming and ranching practices that allow them to tap into those high-value, niche markets."

Bruckner explains there were concerns the program would lose out to other priorities in the Farm Bill, but its funding now it appears secure. The Center for Rural Affairs includes information about the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, on its Web site, at

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ND