Thanks to a USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program (BGBG) was developed to increase the number of farmers and ranchers & enhance their sustainability. To date, BCBG has provided education to over 1000 veterans and other beginning farmer ranchers since 2016 and 572 participants started, improved, or expanded their farms/ranches.
The program is a 4-phase educational program available to veterans, active-duty military, their families, and other beginning farmers and ranchers. The program utilizes a mix of online courses and hands-on training to provide education in agriculture business planning, business management, agriculture business funding, resources in agriculture, agriculture marketing, and agriculture production.
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- Tools and Apps
Texas A&M University’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center located within the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri teamed up to develop the tool. The tool provides information about: the decisions each producer and/or landowner must make when the different sign-up windows are for […]
The David McKnight ’73 Ranch Management University is an intensive four-day event for new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners to learn about managing soils, forages, livestock and wildlife.
Generation Next targets new landowners, those who are inheriting land or those who are looking to start a new agricultural operation on an existing ranch.
The Small Acreage – Big Opportunity (SABO) program is a joint effort of Texas Wildlife Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to address this need.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Military Program focuses on providing educational programs and resources to assist veterans, service members and their families as they face the many uncertainties of life.