Beginning Farming

We provide education and resources to assist the beginning farmer or rancher. Our statewide resources include instruction on startup, marketing, loans, funding and beginner resources.

Related Departments: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Food Science & Technology, Horticultural Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences

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Agricultural Safety and Health

Agricultural Safety and Health Program addresses farm machinery safety, safe handling of agrochemicals, and topics related to safety in farm, ranch, and rural settings.  

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Beginning Farming


We offer numerous free and affordable programs on agriculture and natural resources, family and community health, economic health and youth development. We also offer many volunteer opportunities. Browse the list below.

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.

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  • Program

    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.

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  • Program

    The BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project is a 4- phase educational program available to veterans, active-duty military, their families, and other beginning farmers and ranchers.

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  • Research Institute or Center

    The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development develops, coordinates, and leads international agricultural development programs.

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  • Program

    Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed produces and markets genetically pure seeds of new plant cultivars developed by scientists of Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

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