USDA last week awarded nearly $19 million in Beginning Farmer Development Program grants to groups proThis autumn is shaping up to be a bountiful harvest of federal support for America’s next generation of family farmers and ranchers. USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Sept. 30 announced the awarding of nearly $19 million in Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grants to organizations that provide education, training, technical assistance and outreach programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers.