This short report shares the findings of a survey of beginning farmers in Michigan. The goal of the survey was to better understand the unique characteristics, experiences, and needs of Michigan’s beginning farmers in order to develop more effective training programs for these farmers.
Key findings from the report include:
Most beginning farmers in Michigan have purchased their land and are small vegetable farmers growing 7-10 months.
Farmers are most aware of traditional financial capital sources and are eager to learn more about both traditional and alternative financial capital sources.
Farmers have interest in more support addressing land access services, and the function and profitability of farm businesses.
The USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Grant (BFRDG) program is providing key support for beginning farmer viability in Michigan.