USDA Grant to Help Beginning Farmers
By Darrin Pack - Published May 18, 2015
A team of Purdue University faculty, staff and Extension educators will lead a U.S. Department of Agriculture
effort in Indiana aimed at supporting new and beginning farmers and ranchers.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative—called
Infrastructure, Access, Community: A Plan to Support Beginning Farmers in
Indiana—is designed to increase the number of farm start-ups in the state and
provide direct, practical assistance to anyone who is new to farming.
"We are particularly interested in
supporting small farms and military veterans," said Kevin Gibson, associate professor of botany and
pathology, who is one of the team leaders.
Plans call for annual training
sessions for Extension educators, workshops, and farm tours focusing on
effective farming practices, and a "one-stop shop" website with a variety of
resources for beginning farmers and networking events.
USDA grant helps Purdue reach out to beginning farmers