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FARRMS receives grant

A Medina farm and rural community support organization will receive more than $500,000 in federal funding, according to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Heitkamp said a federal grant of $514,000 will be provided to FARRMS to support a new and beginning farmer program.

Jonathon Moser, a FARRMS Board of Directors member, said the funding will be used for beginning farmer training and to fund internships for hands-on training for new farmers.

Part of the funding will be used to provide training through the Growing Together program in Fargo. The program provides community garden opportunities for the refugee and immigrant populations in the Fargo area.

“It is the next step from growing your own to food to making a living at it,” Moser said.

Heitkamp said programs for beginning farmers help continue agriculture as an industry.

“Farmers and ranchers that are just starting out must have a solid footing on which to build their futures,” Heitkamp said. “With the average age of farmers increasing, it is more important than ever that the next generation is prepared to handle farming and ranching operations.”

Moser said the grant will allow them to provide additional opportunities for new farmers.

“It has been a lot of work,” he said, referring to the grant application process. “It will be a great program when we get it implemented.”

FARRMS has operated as a nonprofit in Medina since 2000. It provides educational resources that support sustainable rural development for North Dakota farmers and ranchers.

The federal funding is provided through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.