USDA announces $1.35 million to establish, improve farm management resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $1.35 million for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) program.

The FBMB Competitive Grants Program provides funds to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and establish and maintain a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management.

This year’s applications should address the maintenance and expansion of farm financial management databases; the establishment or expansion of collaborative farm management and producer partnerships; advancing data gathering; the development or expansion of cooperation and data sharing; the provision of training, assistance, and software to farm management associations; the improvement of profitability and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized farms; and/or the improvement of producers’ abilities to manage operations.

Applications are due April 11. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.