Farm Funding: New farmers and ranchers in Oregon will benefit from a $1,493,897 investment in their training and access to land.
Government aid is available to help new farms become established. Congratulations to the following winners:
This is the Oregon State University.
Oregon Will Get $1.49 Million in Farm Funding for New Farmers and Ranchers
In order to help new farmers and ranchers get off the ground, the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Small Farms Program, which is part of the OSU Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, has been awarded $749,997. (BFRs).
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Garry Stephenson, director of Oregon State University‘s Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, said the funding will allow the center to continue helping new farmers in the state of Oregon establish sustainable livelihoods that will in turn strengthen and diversify the state’s agricultural sector.
“Climate change adaptation and resilience building are important goals of this grant. “We achieve this by working with our large network of farmers to provide state-of-the-art online and in-person education, mentoring through farmer networks, and hands-on demonstration and training,” Stephenson added.
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To help create Oregon’s first regional hub for land access and provide individualized land access support through planning, skill-building, and connections with service providers, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has allocated $743,900 to Transitioning Oregon’s Farmland: Access, Planning, and Assistance for This Generation and the Next (TOF).
According to Abigail Singer, Director and Executive Director of the Rogue Farm Corps Project, the average age of Oregon’s farmers is 60, and over the next two decades, nearly two-thirds of the state’s farmland is projected to change hands.
Singer warned that when farmland is made available for sale, “it runs the risk of being developed, real estate investment in, and removed from agriculture.” However, this time of change presents an opportunity to bridge the gap between the retiring generation of farmers and the next, more inclusive crop of farmers. At a time when new farmers face significant obstacles, this USDA funding will give much-needed tools to aid with intergenerational transition work.
The grants are part of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BRDDP) at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which helps new farmers and ranchers learn about things like financial management, land acquisition and management, and good agricultural and business practices.
U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon made the announcement.
Farmers have a significant role in Oregon’s economy, according to Senator Merkley. Funding to Oregon State University and Rogue Farm Corps will help new farmers and ranchers establish themselves in the state, which will boost the economy in the long run.
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Wyden argued that the federal government’s willingness to support Oregon’s next generation of farmers and ranchers boded well for the state’s long-established industries. I’m happy to see Oregon State University and Rogue Farm Corps get these awards, and I’ll keep fighting for more funding like this so that farmers and ranchers all around Oregon can expand their operations.
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