National Farmer’s Union Beginning Farmer Institute holds first session

Farm Forum

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute (BFI) participants are in Washington, D.C., this week to take part in the first session of the institute. Participants will learn financial, marketing, public speaking and planning skills.

“It has become increasingly difficult for beginning farmers to succeed,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “That is why programs like the BFI are so important, because it gives beginning farmers an opportunity to learn some of the important skills that they will need as farmers and ranchers.”

BFI participants include Shannan Tenze of Colorado; Maggie Mills of Maryland; Eric Hoese, Carsten Thomas, Brent Krohn and Bryce Krohn, of Minnesota; Paul Kanning of Montana; Josh Norby, James Hansen and Loretta Hansen of North Dakota; Amanda West of Virginia; and Jennifer Gibson of Wisconsin.

The selected individuals from across the nation range from cattle ranchers and grain farmers to those growing for farmers markets to urban farmers. The institute is a yearlong program and is sponsored in part by Farm Credit, CHS Foundation, FUI Foundation and the NFU Foundation. More information can be found at