2021 BFRDP Project Directors Meeting

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

Tuesday, October 26
Moderator: Curtis Mahnken (BFRDP Clearinghouse, Center for Farm Financial Management)

Watch SessionWelcome & comments (2:00pm Eastern)

  • Carrie Castille, Director (USDA-NIFA)
  • Deb Hamernik, Deputy Director (Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, USDA-NIFA)
  • Kevin Kephart, Deputy Director (Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and the Environment, USDA-NIFA)
  • Shafiqur Rahman, Division Director (Ag Systems, USDA-NIFA)
  • Dr. Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla, Deputy Director (Institute of Youth, Family and Community, USDA-NIFA)
  • Keith Harris, DFCS Acting Division Director (USDA-NIFA)
  • Kenya Nicholas, Project Director (2501 Program, USDA)
  • Crystal Kyle, National Program Leader (Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, USDA-NIFA)
  • Denis Ebodaghe, National Program Leader (Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, USDA-NIFA)

Keynote Address (2:20pm)

Samuel Scott (North-South Institute)

Break (3:05pm)

Concurrent Sessions #1 (3:20pm)

Watch Session 1ADeveloping visually-based resources for refugee and other beginning farmers,

Hugh Joseph, Katie Painter (ISED Solutions)

Watch Session 1BBeginning Farmer Training in Central Wyoming - Our Pilot Year

Joanne Slingerland, Ethan Page (Central Wyoming College)

Watch Session 1CEntrepreneurship and Marketing Capacity Building to Access Specialty and High-Value Markets among Latino Farmers in Missouri and Nebraska

Eleazar Gonzalez (Lincoln University Cooperative Extension)

Concurrent Sessions #2 (3:40pm)

Watch Session 2AGrowing Local: Urban and Innovative Farming in New Orleans

Marianne Cufone (Recirculating Farms)

Watch Session 2BGood Bones: Building infrastructure through adaptation

Lynn Gregory, Anne Fanatico (Appalachian State University - Boone, NC)

Watch Session 2CLatino Immigrant Farmworkers Transition to Organic Farming Futures (LIFT-OFF)

Nathan Harkleroad (Agriculture and Land-Based Training—ALBA)

Break (4:00pm)

Watch Session2018 BFRDP Enhancement Teams Panel (4:15pm)

BFRDP Farm Financial Management Resource

Curtis Mahnken (Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota)

Energy Answers

Dan Ciolkosz (Penn State University)

The Courage to Lead: Native BFR in Indian Country will Provide Us the Future We Seek

Erin Parker (Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, University of Arkansas School of Law)

Adjourn (5:00pm Eastern)


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Conference Agenda PDF

Wednesday, October 27
Moderator: Curtis Mahnken (BFRDP Clearinghouse, Center for Farm Financial Management)

Watch SessionWhat is Farm Answers and what is the BFRDP Clearinghouse? (2:00pm Eastern)

Robert Craven (BFRDP Clearinghouse, Center for Farm Financial Management)

Curtis Mahnken (BFRDP Clearinghouse, Center for Farm Financial Management)

Jeff Reisdorfer (BFRDP Clearinghouse, Center for Farm Financial Management)

Concurrent Sessions #3 (2:15pm)

Watch Session 3AOrganic Seed Production Trainings: Curriculum, Internships, and Training Intensives

Micaela Colley, Kitt Healy, Natalia Pinzon (Organic Seed Alliance)

Watch Session 3BUtilizing Survey Models to Document Impacts for BFRDP Programs

Krista Ehlert, Ken Olson, Stacy Hadrick (South Dakota State University)

Break (2:35pm)

Watch SessionUSDA Programs for Beginning Farmers Panel (2:45pm)

USDA Beginning Farmer Program

Sarah Campbell, USDA BFR Coordinator

Natural Resources Conversation Service

Ron Harris, Director of Outreach and Partnerships Division (USDA/NRCS)

Value Added Producer Grants, USDA Rural Development

  • Gregory York, Management and Program Analyst, Direct Programs Branch, (USDA-Rural Development)
  • Mike Daniels, Direct Programs Branch (USDA-Rural Development)
  • Amy Cavanaugh, Chief, Direct Programs Branch (USDA-Rural Development)

2501 Program, USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

Kenya Nicholas, Project Director (2501 Program, Office of the Secretary)

Farm Service Agency

Amanda Robertson, FSA Regional BFR Coordinator (Farm Service Agency)

Break (4:05pm)

Watch SessionKeynote Address (4:15pm)

Jim Hafner (Land for Good)

Adjourn (5:00pm Eastern)


The Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Directors Meeting is brought to you by Farm Answers, Center for Farm Financial Management, and USDA-NIFA.