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USDA-NIFA Grant Invests in Beginning Farmers


Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has received a funding opportunity in the amount of $48,675.00 from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for outreach, education and technical assistance for beginning producers in North Dakota. This is a portion of the grant investments of more than $53 million across three unique programs for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and military veterans to support American agriculture.  

While there are many excellent opportunities in agriculture, beginning farmers and ranchers have unique needs for education, training, and technical assistance. For those within their first 10 years of operation, it’s vital they have access to capital, land and knowledge and information to help improve their operations’ profitability and sustainability. ECH-DCB will reach out to Veterans and Native American Tribal producers to introduce and identify specific needs.  The objective of this project is to provide outreach workshops and individualized instruction to Native Americans and veterans wishing to begin agricultural ventures in specialty crop production in North Dakota.  
This is a one-year grant to conclude the fall of 2021.