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The Farm Answers podcast takes a deeper look at projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (USDA-NIFA BFRDP) and how they are reaching beginning farmers and ranchers.

In each episode, we sit down and talk with project directors… as they share their stories and discuss how their project has made a lasting impact on beginning farmers and ranchers.

Join us as we learn more about the people and projects helping to ensure the long-term success of US agriculture.

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The Farm Answers podcast takes a deeper look at projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (USDA-NIFA BFRDP) and how they are reaching beginning farmers and ranchers.

In each episode, we sit down and talk with project directors… as they share their stories and discuss how their project has made a lasting impact on beginning farmers and ranchers.

Join us as we learn more about the people and projects helping to ensure the long-term success of US agriculture.

    Matte Wilson - Sicangu Co

    Matte Wilson - Sicangu Co

    In This EpisodeMatte Wilson of Siċaŋġu Co joins host Betty Berning to talk about his group’s efforts to promote food sovereignty on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, an area twice the size of Rhode Island with only three grocery stores. Siċaŋġu trains people to grow their food and access fresh produce. The group is embracing its old traditions of regenerative agriculture to promote food production and independence while also creating new traditions.
    LinksSicangu Co [website]
    @sicangu.co [Facebook]
    @sicangu.co [Instagram]

    • 21 min
    Robert Elliott - The Veteran's Farm of North Carolina

    Robert Elliott - The Veteran's Farm of North Carolina

    In This EpisodeBetty Berning interviews Robert Elliott of the Veteran’s Farm of North Carolina, a 501(c)3 organization that provides training, support, and equipment to beginning veteran farmers. Robert shares about the training opportunities available to veterans interested in starting a farm, along with his group’s unique equipment usage program that allows farmers to borrow a piece of equipment, similar to how one would check out a book from the library. He also talks about the realities and challenges of farming, including the importance of understanding one’s market before growing a crop or creating a product so that a farm can profit and succeed. He underscores the importance of family support in successful farming operations.
    LinksThe Veteran's Farm of North Carolina [website]
    @VetFarmOfNC [Facebook]

    • 23 min
    Maile Auterson - Springfield Community Gardens

    Maile Auterson - Springfield Community Gardens

    In This EpisodeHost Betty Berning talks with Maile Auterson of Springfield Community Gardens about their work to address the needs and enhance the success of young, beginning, and disadvantaged farmers in rural and urban areas of Greene County, MO.
    LinksReducing Barriers for Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmers in Greene County Missouri [Progress Report on Farm Answers]
    Springfield Community Gardens [website]
    @SpringfieldCommunityGardens [Facebook]
    @springfieldcommunitygardens [Instagram]
    Springfield Community Gardens [YouTube]

    • 16 min
    David Reed - National Farmers Organization (NFO)

    David Reed - National Farmers Organization (NFO)

    In This EpisodeHost Betty Berning talks with David Reed of the National Farmers Organization about the work they are doing with beginning farmers in the midwest.
    LinksAgProfit Strategies Beginning Farmer Seminars [website]
    @AgProfitStrategies [Facebook]

    • 26 min
    Alejandro Tecum & Suraya Arslan - Adelante Mujeres

    Alejandro Tecum & Suraya Arslan - Adelante Mujeres

    In This EpisodeBetty Berning is joined by Suraya Arlslan and Alejandro Tecum of Adelante Mujeres, part of the Washington Organic Sustainable Alliance. Adelante Mujeres offers programming to Spanish-speaking farmers in various ways, including traditional classes, in-the-field training, mentorship, and conferences. One of the unique facets of this group is that all programming is offered in Spanish to reach their audience best. Their group even inspired a young woman to come to the farm rather than go to the beach with her family!
    LinksIncreasing the Sustainability of First and Next Generation Minority Farmers [Progress Report on Farm Answers]
    Adelante Mujeres (Español) [website]
    Adelante Mujeres (English) [website]
    @AdelanteMujeres1 [Facebook]
    @AdelanteMujeres [Instagram]
    @AdelanteMujeres1 [YouTube]

    • 26 min
    Denis Ebodaghe - USDA NIFA

    Denis Ebodaghe - USDA NIFA

    In This EpisodeHost Curtis Mahnken talks with Denis Ebodaghe, National Program Leader for small farm research and Extension Program Development for USDA-NIFA. They discuss the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) , Farm Answers, and more.
    LinksFarm Answers (USDA-NIFA's official BFRDP Clearinghouse) [website]
    Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) [website]

    • 13 min

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