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Starting a farm is difficult, and succeeding beyond the first few years may be even more so. Beginning farmers and ranchers nationwide face unique challenges to achieve their farm goals and aspirations. The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program (VBFRCP) is a collaborative effort through Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech that reaches across the commonwealth to provide educational opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations. Unique to this program is its community-based participatory framework where a coalition of 27 organizations and farm business work together to support beginning farmers and ranchers through whole farm planning programs, online resources, and farmer-to-farmer mentoring.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
July 19, 2013