WASHINGTON — The National Farmers Union has extended
the application deadline for its 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute program to
April 7 due to additional sponsorships that will allow for more participants.
The annual program, now accepting its fourth class of
students, is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of
transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves or are
contemplating a career in farming or ranching.
“The Beginning Farmers Institute underscores NFU’s
commitment to growing a new generation of family agriculture,” said NFU
President Roger Johnson. “One unique feature of the institute is that
participants direct the agenda, allowing them to gain information on topics that
will be most relevant to their particular operations. The size and diversity of
the group also ensures valuable interaction and learning opportunities among the
The BFI program helps students gain insight and practical
skills needed by beginning farmers and ranchers, including business plan
writing, financial planning and researching available programs to help starting
up and sustaining a successful operation.
Applicants accepted into the 2014 program will attend three
separate education sessions. One session will be in Washington, D.C., one in
Minneapolis, Minn., and a final session culminating at NFU’s convention in March
2015 in Wichita, Kan.
Program topics at the education sessions will include
business planning, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, tax and record
keeping, estate transfer and marketing.
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
The Beginning Farmers Institute is supported by the FUI
Foundation, Farm Credit, CoBank, CHS Foundation and the NFU Foundation.