U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a $50,000 grant for the Food System Economic Partnership in Ann Arbor to help train and support beginning farmers. The funding, which comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was authorized by Senator Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill. This project will benefit up to 60 farmers and help boost the local economy. ‘Beginning farmers are critical to the future of agriculture,’ said Senator Stabenow. ‘This support will help make sure our beginning farmers in Southeast Michigan have the education, training, and resources needed to grow and produce things right here in our state.’ The Farmer Residency and Farm Incubator Program will help train new and beginning farmers as older farmers retire. This support will give students who complete training programs like the Michigan State University Organic Farmer Training Program the opportunity to apply for the Farmer Residency Program. They will then be mentored by an experienced farmer and gain hands-on experience. Through the incubator program, beginning famers can adopt new farming practices like winter hoop houses to boost their production.
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