The application period for the National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute program class for 2019-2020 is now open. NFU is encouraging new farmers of any age from operations of any size, type, or location to apply for the class. The program’s hands-on training provides beginning farmers and ranchers with the tools they need to lead successful operations. It’s also a unique opportunity to grow as leaders in their communities and in American agriculture. NFU Foundation Director Tom Driscoll says the National Farmers Union is continuing to build on the BFI Program’s past successes in order to provide new farmers and ranchers from across the country with the best training and development opportunities in adult education. “It’s vital to the future of both American agriculture and our entire country that we have skilled family farm operations and proven leaders in rural communities,” Driscoll says. “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved with the BFI program to date. The BFI will host three in-person events in Washington D.C., California, and Georgia. Programming will focus on equipping participants with the skill sets they need in business formation, accounting, taxation, labor, credit, and business planning. More information on the Beginning Farmer Institute can be found here.