Welcome to the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition

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 (VBFRC) 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 the VBFRC is its coalition of agricultural organizations and farm business that work together to develop and implement these aims.

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Farmer Conversation Videos

During the spring and summer of 2015, members of the VBFRC interviewed the owners of five farms across Virginia to ask about their experiences and enterprises. Each farmer discussed how they got started in farming, their primary products and markets, labor practices, and a variety of other topics related to their farms. These conversations were recorded for the purpose of creating videos that will help beginning and established farmers and ranchers in Virginia learn more about other Virginia farmers while gaining valuable information about how different farms are operated. To view these videos, visit our YouTube channel.

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Newsletters

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VBFRCP_Dec2018_newsletter_FINAL.pdf
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VBFRCP_Summer2018_onepager.pdf
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VBFRCP_Winter2018_Newsletter.pdf
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VBFRCP_Winter2017.pdf Winter 2017 Newsletter
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VBFRCP_summer 2015_newsletter_updated final.pdf Summer 2015 Newsletter
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newsletter-winter-2014.pdf Winter 2014 Newsletter
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newsletter-spring-2013.pdf Spring 2013 Newsletter
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newsletter-december.pdf Winter 2012 Newsletter
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newsletter-summer-2012-oct.pdf Summer 2012 Newsletter
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spring-newsletter-pdf.pdf Spring 2012 Newsletter
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The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition 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 #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at niewolny@vt.edu or 540-231-5784.

For website updates, such as broken links, please contact vabeginningfarmer@vt.edu

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