SANTA FE, N.M. (March 11, 2014) – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) participants were in Santa Fe, N.M., this week to take part in the organization’s annual convention and participate in their final session where they reviewed U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, took a closer look at farming from local foods to international agriculture, and considered financial planning critical to obtaining credit.
“As diverse as agriculture can be, farmers and ranchers all share similar challenges,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “That is why programs like the BFI succeed; it gives beginning farmers an opportunity to learn some of the important skills that they will need from experts yet also from each other.”
BFI participants include Shannan Tenze of Colorado; Maggie Mills and Janean Romines of Maryland; Eric Hoese, Carsten Thomas, Brent Krohn and Bryce Krohn, of Minnesota; Paul Kanning of Montana; Josh Norby, James Hansen and Loretta Hansen of North Dakota; and Jennifer Gibson of Wisconsin.
The participants from across the nation range from cattle ranchers and grain farmers to those growing for farmers markets to urban farmers. The institute is a yearlong program and is currently accepting applications for its next class. It is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative, or are contemplating a career in farming or ranching.
Interested applicants can download the 2014 application on the NFU website, as well as visit NFU’s education Facebook page for updates and further information on NFU’s youth and young adult education programs. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 7, 2014.
The Beginning Farmers Institute is supported by the FUI Foundation, Farm Credit, CoBank, CHS Foundation and the NFU Foundation.
For more information about the NFU convention, visit www.nfu.org/convention, or follow @nfudc and #NFU2014 on Twitter.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.