MEDINA, ND, Jul 23, 2013 -- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, announced today that the Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resource Management and Sustainability (FARRMS) received an $89,000 grant for a feasibility study and to provide producers with business development resources.
“This grant will further the mission of FAARMS by helping build successful and sustainable farms and rural communities,” said Schneider. “The project will offer new and experienced farmers opportunities for mentoring and resources to develop their skills.”
FARRMS will use a portion of the grant to identify the economic viability of light processing, wash and pack, and grading facilities for fruits and vegetables in North Dakota. The funding will also help implement a Farm Beginning program, which is an eight session course that will cover the following topics: holistic management, good stewardship, financial and business management, food safety, marketing and profitability, and business planning.
The funding was provided through the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program, which focuses on business expansion and job creation. Since 2009, the RBOG program has invested more than $890,000 in North Dakota. For more information on USDA programs, please call (701) 530-2037 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.