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Funding Sources for New Farmers

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ATTRA on Community Supported Agricultureota
Among its topics, this article features a description of CSA's, various models of CSA's, and production recommendations. It also profiles of a...
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Colorado Department of Agriculture's Beginning Farmer Loan Programota
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Kansas Organic Certification Cost-Share Progamota
Organic producers and handlers in Kansas are eligible to apply for reimbursement of organic certification costs.
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Marketing Grants and Cost Share Programs in Kentuckyota
This page lists a variety of marketing and promotion grants available for producers in Kentucky.
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Michigan Cost Share Application for Organic Handlers/Producersota
Both organic handlers and producers can apply for reimbursement for organic certification costs.
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Missouri Offers Organic Certification Reimbursement in 2007ota
Missouri announces limited funds are available for reimbursing producers and handlers for the cost of organic certification. The department of...
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Texas Organic Certification Cost Share Reimbursementsota
Texas offers cost share reimbursements to organic producers and processors for a portion of the cost of organic certification.
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Growing U.S. Organic Agriculture: Accessing the 2008 Farm Billfee
Register today for the "Growing U.S. Organic Agriculture: Accessing the 2008 Farm Bill." OTA and the Organic Agriculture and Products Education...
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Farm Loan Programs from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the USDA
FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial...
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Listings of Funding Opportunties
ATTRA provides a list of funding opportunities from federal, state, and local grant programs to regional funding sources and private funders of...
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Missouri Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Missouri has been approved for reimbursing up to $500 of organic certification costs incurred through September of 2007 for individual producers...
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National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs
This web page outlines in detail the different types of farm loans available in states, including Aggie Bond Beginning Farmer Loan Programs,...
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NOP Cost Share Program Questions & Answers
This brief site on the cost share program for reimbursements of the costs of certification tells which states participate in the program, links to...
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SARE On-Farm Research Grants for Farmers and Ranchers
Farmers and ranchers can apply for on-farm research grants that typically range from $500 to $15,000. The web page gives examples of past farm...
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Small Farm Funding Resources, from the Rural Information Center
This great resource page includes resources not just on funding sources, but also on developing a farm business plan, on resources to help you with...
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Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding Sources?
A collection of resources from the National Agricultural Library.
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A Loan Fund for Small Scale Farmers, Managed by NOFA-VT
The Green Mountain Growers Revolving Loan Fund was jointly established in 1994 by NOFA-VT and Chittenden Bank's Socially Responsible Banking Fund...
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Agricultural Lending Cooperative of Western New York
This lending cooperative offers loans to agricultural operations along with assisting producers with other business needs such as equipment leases,...
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Beginning Farmer Bond (BFB) Loan in Wisconsin
The BFB loan offers low interest rate financing to beginning farmers for their first major purchase of farm land or farm assets.
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Community Wind: A Review of Select State and Federal Policy Incentives
A comprehensive review of wind production incentives (tax credits, production-based incentives, state and federal grants and more. From Farmer's...
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Conservation Security Progarm Financial Assistance
This program, administered by NRCS in all 50 states, provides financial and technical assistance to promote conservation practices on private...
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EQIP Conservation Payments & Cost Shares
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers farmers financial and technical help to assist them in implementing conservation...
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Farm Credit Services of America---Programs for Young and Beginning Producers
Farm Credit Services of America offers multi-faceted young and beginner producer programs and financing for less established producers. Along with...
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Farmer's Guide to Agricultural Credit
The Guide is aimed at helping farmers get ready to ask a lender for the financing needed in new and innovative ventures.
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Federal Loan Programs for Family and Beginning Farmers
This article, from Legal Aid of Nebraska, provides a good basic overview of farm loans--the different types of loans available, and what you must...
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Federal Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching
This publication offers an overview of the major federal conservation programs that provide resources for farmers and ranchers to enhance and...
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Financial Assistance Programs for Beginning Farmers in Kansas
A chart outlining various loan programs available in the state, maximum amounts, agencies providing the funding, terms, eligibility, and contact...
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Financing Barriers for Small Organic and Sustainable Farms
It is no secret that across the country demand for organic and local foods is accelerating and entrepreneurial farmers are responding to this...
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Grant Opportunities for Farmers in Pennsylvania and the Region
This web page lists links to a variety of producer and other grant programs: state, regional and nationa.
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Illinois Cost Share Program for Producers & Handlers
Illinois organic producers and processors can apply for reimbursement for a portion of their organic certification costs.
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Iowa Program Targets Landowners, Beginning Farmers
Family members can apply for tax credits on cash rent, crop-share agreements. The program went into effect on January 1, 2007.
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Iowa's Beginning Farmer Center
This web site, from Iowa State University Extension, has information on Iowa's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program and other financial resources,...
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Nebraska Beginning Farmer
NebraskaBeginningFarmer.org provides easy access to a number of entities which offer financial resources to individuals interested in agricultural...
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Nebraska's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit
A program designed to encourage "Present Farmers and Ranchers" to offer "Beginning Farmers and Ranchers" a needed start in their industry. The web...
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Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
A listing of grant opportunities provided by Northeast SARE, including guidelines, deadlines and descriptions.
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Ohio Family Farm Loan Guarantee Program
The primary purpose of the program is to guarantee a portion of a bank loan for those buying a farming operation of starting an agricultural...
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Prince Edward Island Producer and Processor Funding Opportunity
All Prince Edward Island farmers, grower alliances, producer groups, and/or processors who are currently certified organic or intending to...
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Small, Limited Resource, and Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
The purpose of this Natural Resources Conservation Service program is to ensure that NRCS programs are administered in a way that enables small,...
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Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)-Calls for Proposals
Southern SARE has issued a call for proposals from farmers, ranchers, producer organizations, and non-governmental organizations in the U.S....
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Tip Sheet for Young and Beginning Farmers: How to Build Successful Financial Relationships
A tip sheet for beginning farmers from the American Bankers Association
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USDA Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer Loan Programs
An article for beginners from the Nebraska's Center for Rural Affairs.
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Value-Added Producer Grants
Producers can apply for grants for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products, including organic,...
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