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    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
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    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project
    Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project

Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program

Welcome to the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program! 

Starting a farm is difficult, and succeeding beyond the first few years may be even more so.   Beginning farmers and ranchers nation-wide face unique challenges to achieve their farm goals and aspirations.  The long-term goal of the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP) is to improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations and communities in Virginia.  To reach our goal, we support the development and enhancement of whole farm planning curriculum and training, online resources, social networking, and farmer mentoring.  Unique to this state-wide Extension program is its coalition of agricultural organizations and farm business that work together to develop and implement these programming aims. 

 

2016 VBFRC Mini-Grant Projects Announced!

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) announces the dissemination of over $30,000 of mini-grant funds to Coalition partner organizations for 2016 programming opportunities aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers in Virginia. 

 

 Growing Farmers Through Training and Networking!

   

Program Farm Tour Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program Farm Tour, Floyd, Virginia

 

 
Coalition Media Releases

Farm bill helps new farmers grow roots

Kim Niewolny working to address historical and emerging issues in agricultural and community development practice.

Virginia Tech helps cultivate new farmers

Virginia's Farm Link (video)

VDACS Commissioner Matt Lohr talks about turning a childhood fascination into a career.

Virginia Tech News Release


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If you want to stay informed about our program activities using social media, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our listserv.  If you have comments or questions, please contact Kim Niewolny by email or at (540) 231-5784.

 

 

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2015-70017-22887. For more information, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at niewolny@vt.edu or 540-231-5784.

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Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program Flyer
 

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Common Ground

 

    Getting Started Farming

Getting Started in Farming

 

   

Program Update and Evaluation 2014 Program Update and Evaluation 2014