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The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project is funded by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (Award 2015-04598). The overall project implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer organizations, and nonprofit agencies. For basic information about the USDA grant, please visit the Project Details and Evaluation webpage. You can also find our IMPACT videos on this website that are truly motivating stories from producers across Alabama!

Project objectives:

  • Provide science-based information and consultation to beginning farmers statewide.
  • Support and collaborate with ongoing third-party educational programs using new educational resources.
  • Sustain a statewide network of producers to strengthen the local food movement that is inclusive of low resource farmers and military veterans interested in agriculture.

So you are interested in farming...but where to start?

Watch this inspiring video and contact us for on-farm assistance!

For a national database of beginning farmer resources, use the New Farmers Discovery Tool linked in the navigation column on left. For direct on-farm help and statewide resources, please refer to the tips below.

On-farm assistance: In the navigation column, find the Farm Services tab in order to connect to a Regional Extension Agent, Technical Assistance Provider, and personnel from collaborating agencies.

Microloans: Please click on the FSA and NRCS links in the navigation column for direct link to their microloan and financial assistance programs.

Self-paced learning for beginning farmers: An electonic curriculum with content on crop production, irrigation, integrated pest management, marketing and financial planning, and food safety is under development. You can order printed copies of various publications listed on this page by contacting us.

Stay in touch! Subscribe to the Alabama IPM Communicator newsletter for immediate information needs and to learn about educational events near you. Visit the link and enter your email address in the subscription tab and follow on-screen instructions.

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For general BFRD project queries, please contact Dr. Ayanava Majumdar (Dr. A) at 251-331-8416 or email bugdoctor@auburn.edu.