Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Farm Foundation held two conferences in 2020 in an effort to support beginning farmers and ranchers and the industry professionals who serve them.
This joint effort between Farm Foundation, USDA and the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) set out to examine issues that hinder or facilitate the entry of beginning farmers and ranchers into the agricultural sector, as well as the factors that lead to their success or failure. The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference brought cutting-edge research on issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers to the forefront of discussion in agriculture. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers and ranchers took part in the sessions, which featured paper presentations on research topics such as credit and access to capital, land access, innovation, alternative markets and more. Presentations highlighted successful programs, innovative ideas and future solutions—all with a dedicated focus on economic research into the challenges and opportunities experienced by new agriculture professionals.
Conference slide decks, recordings and other resources can be accessed here.
Training for Success: Resources and Tools for Working with Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, December 10-11, 2020
In partnership with Farm Credit Council, Farm Foundation hosted a conference to bring together organizations and practitioners to showcase resources, tools and success stories for supporting beginning farmers and ranchers. Sessions included Recognizing the Range of Financial Skills Training Methods; Creating Training Communities; New Tools for Practitioners; Entrance Strategy Success Stories; and Supporting Generational Transfers
Conference recordings are available here.
Join the Effort
If your organization is interested in partnering with us on initiatives to help beginning farmers and ranchers be successful, please contact us.