Peer Reviewers Sought for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is inviting self-nominations for peer reviewers of the 2019 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) applications. Peer reviewers are typically farmers or ranchers, or from community-based and nonprofit organizations, universities, or government. If selected, reviewers will be expected to attend brief (remote/webinar) training, write reviews of about 15 proposals, and attend a three-and-a-half-day panel meeting in Washington, DC, to be held in the early summer. If you are interested in being considered as a reviewer and will not be involved in any 2019 BFRDP proposal, please send the following information to wdean@nifa.usda.gov: 1) your name, organization name and type (e.g. farm/ranch, NGO/CBO, university), and contact information (email, phone, city and state); 2) a brief description of your interest and experience related to BFRDP, including any experience with military veteran BFRs and/or socially disadvantaged BFRs.