Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Assistance

Assistance for BFRDP Applicants

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, in collaboration with its partners, is working with the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to gain a better understanding of challenges inexperienced applicants face and to create tools and resources to help support them. The project aims to help all beginning farmer and rancher education and support organizations more easily and effectively apply for the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) funding.  

The FY2017 RFA period ended December 8, 2016. We will continue to update our resources and develop more in anticipation of the next RFA in the coming year. 

Online Self-Assessment Tool

Is BFRDP a good fit for your organization? This online self-assessment tool will allow applicants to determine their project's eligibility/applicability, and their level of readiness to submit an application and manage their grant if awarded. This tool is in the pilot phase and will continue to be developed in 2017.

Webinars and Resources

Webinars and resources will provide applicant training and assistance in the various aspects and components of the application process. We are developing more and updating current resources. Check back for updates and additions.

Upcoming BFRDP webinar: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 - “Project Development” with New Entry and our partner, Allison Goin

Led by New Entry and our partner, Allison Goin, this webinar will address various aspects of project development for potential BFRDP applicants. Topics covered include: understanding required BFRDP components, a brief intro to logic models, how to make your design competitive, ensuring your organization is meeting farmers' needs, integrating your program design with the broader mission of your organization, and more. If your organization is considering applying for a BFRDP grant for the first time or if you are considering reapplying after an unsuccessful application, we encourage you to attend this webinar on June 20th,  2017.  Click here to register!

Stay tuned for more details on New Entry's other upcoming webinars focused on the BFRDP application process:

  • July (date tbd): Working with Partners
  • August (date tbd): Project Budget
  • September (date tbd): Evaluation


FAQ Portal

The FAQ Portal is a compilation of questions that have been asked during USDA webinars about the BFRDP application process. Use this portal to search these questions OR submit your own question, which will be answered by USDA staff. 

Application process survey

We conducted a survey to collect your feedback about and training needs regarding the BFRDP application process. Responses are voluntary and anonymous. Only summarized information will be reported. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Jan Perez ( for more information.