New Programs Will Focus on Veterans and Disabled Veterans in their Beginning Farmer Efforts​

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Agriculture offers purpose and opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits. The Tennessee Beginning Farmers Development Program (TBFD) will work to connect the opportunity of agriculture to Tennesseans who hope to start, develop, and fund an agriculture based enterprise or farm.


The Tennessee Beginning Farmers Development Program (TBFD) is a new program that will provide resources and assistance to beginning farmers, especially those who are military personnel, veterans, and farmers with disabilities. Spanning three years, the awarded grant will launch in upper middle Tennessee, near Fort Campbell, and then expand statewide.

Agriculture offers purpose and opportunity, as well as physical and psychological benefits. The Tennessee Beginning Farmers Development Program (TBFD) will work to connect the opportunity of agriculture to Tennesseans who hope to start, develop, and fund an agriculture based enterprise or farm.

If you are interested in benefiting from the Tennessee Beginning Farmers Development Program, please complete a short survey to help assess beginning farmer needs across the state. The survey will close December 1, 2017 and can be found
here. More information can be found at the Tennessee Beginning Farmer Development Facebook page or online at extension.tennessee.edu/beginningfarmers. You can also email program developers at TNBFDP@tennessee.edu.

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Contacts:

Karla Kean, UT/TSU Extension Montgomery County, 931-648-5725, kkean@utk.edu

Jenni Goodrich, UT/TSU Extension Morgan County, 423-346-3000, jgoodrich@utk.edu