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Join us for Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know virtual event

Release No.: 2022-04-001

Contact: Kathy Ferge, Beginning Farmer Rancher Coordinator
Kathy.Ferge@usda.gov
503-333-5658

Join us for Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know virtual event

PORTLAND, Ore., April 4, 2022 – If you are new to farming or ranching, thinking about becoming a producer or serve this audience, you’re invited to the next Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know virtual event. Oregon’s Beginning Farmer Rancher (BFR) Team and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) small farm and organic specialists are offering opportunities to learn more about USDA programs and how they can benefit those new to farming or ranching.

Join us online for Oregon USDA’s Beginning Farmer Ranchers: In The Know informational virtual event on April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600747686?pwd=WUljRmRiT21uOHR5S1VNSWpUSittQT09
Meeting ID: 160 074 7686
Dial In:+1 669-254-5252

This event will focus on the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) Disaster Assistance Programming as well as a brief introduction to FSA loans for beginning farmers. Additionally, representatives from the NRCS and Risk Management Agency (RMA) will provide information on BFR programming. Participants will then have the opportunity to join agency representatives in one-on-one breakouts for agency-specific question-and-answer sessions. 

The purpose of the In The Know events is to connect beginning farmers with relevant USDA resources. The USDA BFR program offers a variety of farm loan, risk management, disaster assistance and conservation programs to support farmers, including beginning farmers and ranchers. Additionally, a number of these programs have provisions specifically for beginning farmers, including targeted funding for loans and conservation programs, as well as waivers and exemptions.

“A farm is a business, and a new farm or ranch relies on good planning. There are a number of programs available to current beginning farmers,” says Kathy Ferge, Oregon USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Coordinator. “Our team wants to make sure these producers know about these programs and other resources available from USDA.”

To learn more about the USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Program visit Beginning Farmers and Ranchers | Farmers.gov.

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