SALINAS, Calif. — The National Farmers Union Beginning Farmers Institute reconvened in Salinas for the second of three annual programming sessions.
Seventeen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country attended the two-day, hands-on learning session hosted in partnership with the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, the Farmer Veteran Coalition and California FarmLink.
“It’s no easy feat to get started in the business of farming and ranching. Through BFI, beginning farmers and ranchers connect with a variety of experienced producers and industry experts, who share best practices for being successful in agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “NFU is proud to offer collaborative educational opportunities, like BFI, that help to empower the next generation of family farmers.”
Institute programming offers hands-on technical training that emphasizes many of the challenges beginning farmers face in their careers. Participants also had the opportunity to tour ALBA, Hain Ranch Organics, Pinnacle Organics Ranch, Coke Farm and JSM Organics.
Among the participants were: Betty Anderson, Jaime Baker, Brittany Ann Bula, Layne Cozzolino, Tommy Enright and Josh Stolzenburg, all of Wisconsin; and De’Quinton Robertson, Iowa.
The institute is made possible through the support of CHS Foundation, Farm Credit, Farmers Union Industries Foundation and the National Farmers Union Foundation. The final session will be in March in San Diego.