PORTLAND, Ore. — Are you new to farming or ranching, or thinking about becoming a producer? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is here to help. Oregon’s Beginning Farmer Rancher (BFR) Team and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) small farm and organic specialists are offering an opportunity to learn more about USDA programs and how they can benefit those new to farming or ranching.
Join us online for Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know informational virtual event on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Representatives from the Oregon USDA NRCS, Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Rural Development (RD) will provide informational presentations during the first hour. From 11 a.m. to noon, participants will have the opportunity to join agency representatives in one-on-one sessions for agency-specific question and answer sessions.
The purpose of the In The Know event is to connect beginning farmers with relevant USDA resources. The USDA BFR program offers a variety of farm loan, risk management, disaster assistance and conservation programs to support farmers, including beginning farmers and ranchers. Additionally, a number of these programs have provisions specifically for beginning farmers, including targeted funding for loans and conservation programs, as well as waivers and exemptions.
“A farm is a business, and a new farm or ranch relies on good planning. There are a number of programs available to current beginning farmers,” says Kathy Ferge, Oregon USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Coordinator. “Our team wants to make sure these producers know about these programs and other resources available from USDA.”
Join the In The Know online event here:
Meeting ID: 160 074 7686
To join by phone:
+1 669-254-5252 (US—San Jose)
+1 646-828-7666 (US—New York)
To learn more about the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Program visit Beginning Farmers and Ranchers | Farmers.gov
–USDA NRCS Oregon
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