I spent last week in McAllen, Texas at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (a USDA agency) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program conference. And all I can say is that I was blown away with the resources, programs, and amazing people across the country who are dedicated to bringing in the next generation of farmers.
I mention this because all these resources, programs, and amazing people can be found at Start2Farm. Are you interested in an apprenticeship program for fruit and vegetable production? Or maybe dairy production is your interest? Perhaps aquapontics? Or maybe you want to learn about farm transitions to the next generation? All these programs, along with many more, are available for beginning farmers.
All that is needed to get started is a simple search on Start2Farm. Start on ‘Personalize My Search’ and pick those areas and topics which apply to you and your interests. Or maybe you just want to search for programs in Nebraska; you can do that with the keyword search in the upper-right hand corner. You can also explore the various topics addressed by beginning farmer and rancher programs under ‘Topics’ in the center of the page.
The possibilities are seemingly endless and are for almost every possible interest in farming or ranching. So go and explore — you never know where the path may lead!