Selection and Expectations
A team of Farmers Union staff and leadership and program alumni will review each application. All application content will be kept confidential. You will be notified of your admission status no later than March 1, 2022. Acceptance is conditional upon your submission to and NFU review of a background check.*
Participants must attend all programing in its entirety, including reporting punctually and completing homework assignments prior to each quarterly training. Three trainings will be hosted virtually on Zoom and one session will be hosted in-person in St. Louis, MO. Each virtual training will last a total of four hours spread over two days. The in-person training will be hosted over the course of one weekend and will include farm tours, shared meals, and other social activities. Tentative dates are as follows:
May 14-15, 2022 (virtual)
July 30-31, 2022 (virtual)
October 15-16, 2022 (St. Louis, MO)
January 7-9, 2023 (virtual)
Participants who complete all the necessary requirements will be given a scholarship to the National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention in San Francisco, CA in March 2023. The scholarship will include travel, lodging, and most meals during the event.
We expect each BFI graduate to seek opportunities to mentor peers in their area, hold a local board position, or pursue other community leadership opportunities. NFU provides ongoing outreach and support to participants after the program concludes.
*BFI participants may share lodging with one-another during in-person programming. NFU asks participants accepted into the BFI cohort to consent to a background check which may provide information about criminal records available from national registries and local databases. Participants will receive a secure email link that will capture contact information in order to run a report. All records are maintained in a secure portal.