March 11, 2014 at 11:50am
ST. PAUL (March 11, 2014) – Five Minnesotans concluded their participation in the National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) at the NFU National Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 8 - 11, 2014. The Minnesotans are: Eric Hoese of Mayer; Carsten Thomas of Moorhead; Brent Krohn and Bryce Krohn of Nicollet; and Jennifer Gibson of North Mankato.
“The BFI program helps beginning farmers attain more skills to navigate the road blocks and difficulties that may come upon them as they start farming,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Knowing what resources are out there for you can make a huge difference when farming, especially a farmer just starting out. Farmers Union wants to give this next generation a chance to succeed and to know about all the tools they have access to.”
At the NFU Convention, the BFI class reviewed United States Department of Agriculture programs, took a closer look at farming from local foods to international agriculture, and considered financial planning critical to obtaining credit.
BFI is a year-long program and is currently accepting applications for its next class. It is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative, or are contemplating a career in farming or ranching. Interested applicants can download the 2014 application on the NFU website, www.nfu.org/education/beginning-farmer-institute. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 7, 2014.
The Beginning Farmers Institute is supported by the FUI Foundation, Farm Credit, CoBank, CHS Foundation and the NFU Foundation.