2014 NFU Beginning Farmers Institute
December 27, 2013

National Farmers Union (NFU) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) program. The annual program, now accepting its fourth class of students, is open to individuals who are new to farming, are in the process of transferring an operation from a relative or non-relative to themselves, or are contemplating a career in farming or ranching. 
 
The BFI program helps students gain insight and practical skills needed by beginning farmers and ranchers, including business plan writing, financial planning and researching available programs to help starting up and sustaining a successful operation. 
 
Applicants accepted into the 2014 program will attend three separate education sessions. One each in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Minn. and a final session culminating at NFU's annual convention in March 2015 in Wichita, Kan. 
 
Program topics at the education sessions will include business planning, U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, tax and record keeping, estate transfer and marketing. 
 
Interested applicants can download the 2014 application on the NFU website at www.nfu.org. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 20, 2014. 
 
Reprinted in part from Farm & Ranch Guide