Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Assistance

Assistance for BFRDP Applicants 

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, in collaboration with its partners, is working with the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to gain a better understanding of challenges inexperienced applicants face and to create tools and resources to help support them. The project aims to help all beginning farmer and rancher education and support organizations more easily and effectively apply for the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) funding. We offer webinars and resources, an online self assessment tool, and a FAQ portal as well as an application process survey of BFRDP applicants and the results/findings.

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BFRDP FY18 Application Period Has Closed - APPLICATION PERIOD: November 24, 2017 - February 8, 2018


Click here to access BFRDP Resources: Online self-assesment tool, FAQ portal, and more!

Upcoming webinars:

February 26th, 1pm EST: Evaluating Your Beginning Farmer Training Program

Whether you have a current BFRDP grant or are planning to apply to the new program this year, evaluating the success of your program is a crucial component of your work. We will cover the reporting systems used by the USDA for this grant program, as well as other helpful tools and ideas for useful, practical evaluation efforts.
Facilitated by New Entry and Consultant Allison Goin.

Register HERE!

Previous BFRDP webinar recordings available here!


Application process survey

BFRDP Applicant Survey Results - Feedback on the BFRDP Application Process and Technical Assistance Needs. We conducted a survey to collect your feedback about and training needs regarding the BFRDP application process. Responses were voluntary and anonymous. Only summarized information has been reported. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Jan Perez ( for more information.