USDA Gr​ant 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.

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USDA grant helps Purdue reach out to beginning farmers