Beginning Farmer Institute

BFI develops leadership and farm management skills in beginning farmers and encourages them to apply those abilities in their community organizations. Farmers Union employs educational sessions, business tools, and professional speakers in a structured setting that includes on-farm experiences and tours of cooperatives.

Applications for the 2018-2019 BFI Class will be available in January 2018.

2017-2018 BFI Participants


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Jess Bernstein
Wisconsin

aaron-brinkman

Aaron Brinkman
California

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Mary Jo Borchardt
Wisconsin

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Serena Cochrane
Missouri

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Randy Dugger
Indiana

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Sherri Dugger
Indiana

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Jacob James Marty
Wisconsin

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Michelle McKenzie
Virginia

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Nicholas Miller
Maryland

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Michael Eugene Morrow
Indiana

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Patrick O'Neill
Colorado

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Rebecca O'Day
Hawaii

alicia-razvi

Alicia Razvi
Wisconsin

josh-stolzenburg

Sarah River
Wisconsin

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John Alexander Kipp Roos
Colorado

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Cady Schwab
New York

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Peter Schwagerl
Minnesota

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Martha Skelley
Colorado

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Caitlain Thompson
Texas

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Shannon Von Duren
Colorado

A special thank you to BFI's sponsors!