NFO awarded almost $600,000 for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack proudly announces an investment by the USDA of $17.8 million for 37 different projects all of which are aimed to help enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers, in an effort to combat the aging American farmer crisis - meaning the average farmer is around 58 years old. This article features Morrison's very own client, National Farmers Organization (NFO), and their grant proposal’s success!
Morrison was honored to support NFO in writing their application back in January for the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP). Their organizations’ specific project focused on providing workshops, mentoring, and other practical support for new and beginning farmers in eleven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas).
There are many pertinent goals NFO has determined for their region’s young farmers, but one of their organization’s most beneficial attributes is their reach. The project will reach an estimated 900 organic dairy and grain producers over a three year time period. Great transformation and education can take place with a network as strong and prevalent as theirs.
The commitment and dedication of David Reed, National Secretary/Controller of National Farmers Organization, and his team ensure this program’s success and help advance the industry and its sustainability as a whole.
For more information on this grant or the application process, please reach out to Toni Scott, Principal at Morrison, and lead of the Grants Practice.