University of Maryland Extension

New and Beginning Farmers

According to USDA statistics, half of all current farmers in the U.S. are likely to retire in the next decade. Enlisting and supporting new farmers is essential to the future of family farms, the farm economy and healthy rural communities. Who will these new farmers be?  From new farmer focus groups and requests for information, we know that they come from all backgrounds, are in all stages of development, and bring a wide range of talents and resources to their new enterprises. 

The Beginning Farmer Success Program

The program is the product of a collaborative grant project funded through The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Our goal is to increase the number of successful beginning farmers and acreage farmed by them in Maryland. The project has an emphasis on practical training for beginning farmers, including new, underserved, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, minority and ethnic, and explorer farming audiences.

Beginning Farmer Success was created by the following project partners:










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