Senator Stabenow Applauds National Investment in Beginning Farmers Project

Monday, February 02, 2015

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a $750,000 grant for Michigan State University to help train and support beginning farmers. The funding, which comes through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was authorized by Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill.

"Beginning farmers are critical to the future of agriculture," said Stabenow. "I'm extremely proud of Michigan State's leadership when it comes to agricultural research. The support announced today will help make sure our beginning farmers have the education, training, and resources needed to grow and produce things right here in Michigan."

Michigan State University's "Michigan's Emerging Farmers - Strategies And Tools To Enhance Success" project will bring together key organizations and provide tools and support for beginning and disadvantaged farmers. The funding, which comes through USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant program, will benefit hundreds of farmers and help boost the local economy.