Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Project Directors Meeting

October 26 - 27, 2021

We are excited to announce the 2021 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) Project Directors Meeting! The meeting, being held virtually, will be held at from 2 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET on both Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

The goal of this meeting is to assist BFRDP awardees in enhancing their project by broadening BFRDP education programming for agricultural producers, encouraging new programming efforts, and strengthening existing programs.

*There will be no registration fee for the 2021 BFRDP National Conference.

Call for Concurrent Session Presentations

Proposals due September 17, 2021

The 2021 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) National Meeting will bring together BFRDP awardees to share ongoing and emerging successful BFRDP education efforts that target beginning agricultural producers and their families. Meeting participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. This virtual meeting will be held daily from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET (October 26-27).

Presentation abstracts should be submitted through the AgRisk and Farm Management Library at Click on the "Submit Presentation" button underneath the 2021 BFRDP Project Director Meeting icon. For full instructions on submitting an abstract, please watch the video at the top of this page.

Concurrent Session Proposals

Concurrent Session presentation proposals are being solicited which highlight successful and innovative BFRDP education programming and its impacts. Abstract submission is encouraged from any previous or current BFRDP awardee. Presentations will be 15 minutes long (please include time for questions) and should be geared toward other educators (rather than producers) and should identify impacts achieved as a result of the educational efforts. Abstracts should discuss keys to success, lessons learned and tips that might help other projects.

Review of Proposals

A peer review committee will consider each proposal submitted by the deadline of September 17, 2021. Decisions will be made no later than October 1, at which time presenters will be notified. Those accepted will be expected to confirm participation for a virtual presentation and to follow best management practices for virtual presentations as suggested by the Meeting Committee upon acceptance.

Guidelines for Concurrent Session Presenters

Concurrent session presenters are expected to register* and participate throughout the meeting (October 26-27). The Meeting will begin on the afternoon of October 26 and will conclude on October 27.

Concurrent session presenters need to submit an electronic copy of their presentation by Monday, October 25, 2021. Further instructions and best management practices will be provided at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Mahnken (, 612-624-7585).

From the USDA BFRDP Team:

Good day BFRDP Project PDs their teams,

We are excited to meet with everyone and have discussions centered around each of your projects. The BFRDP Clearinghouse team: Curtis, Kevin, and Bob, along with the NIFA BFRDP team: Denis, Kevin, and I have worked closely together to put together what we hope is a great couple of days that will truly be beneficial to all parties. As a friendly reminder, all 2019 and 2020 project PDs are required to attend this meeting. It is strongly suggested to also bring project leadership and evaluators. The 2021 recommended projects are not required to be present. However, it is highly encouraged, as you will learn some challenges and receive suggestions from the 2019 and 2020 BFRDP projects.

Have a great day and see you soon


Denis and Crystal