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Resources for beginning farmers/ranchers and small farms/ranches

OFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Program (YF&R) webpage
OFB YFR Facebook page
AFB YFR webpage
AFB YFR Facebook page
AFB YFR Twitter page

Looking for agriculture-related work in Oregon? See what’s available in the online Capital Press classifieds.

USDA Launches Resource for Farmers, Ranchers – See for a new USDA resource to help farmers and ranchers get easy to access, reliable information for technical assistance in getting their business started. Here find online courses, videos, presentations, apps, and other materials. FarmAnswers is supported by a grant from USDA-NIFA through its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and was developed by the Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota. Items on the site can be filtered to the specific information the user wants and help them find educational programs in their localities. Toolboxes are available on topics such as business planning, marketing products locally, and accessing land. FarmAnswers is a key partner of the USDA-wide effort to make it easier for people to find USDA programs and services for new farmers through a streamlined web site and discovery tool at The NewFarmers website also includes information specifically for women in agriculture, youth, and veterans.

>Oregon Dept. of Agriculture has a page of resources for new/beginning farmers and small farms.

Check out OSU’s program for small & beginning farms

> Great info from OSU Extension about ag production, marketing, business, and specific commodities

Check out Beginning Farmers website for a variety of resources & info.

> Rogue Farm Corps training program for new farmers & ranchers in southern Oregon

> OSU’s Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land report (2016)

> OSU’s Breaking New Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic Transition (2017)

Zenger Farm in Portland is a working urban farm that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development, and access to good food for all.

Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, is designed to assist in the development of new farmers.

Read about a training farm for new farmers in Gresham

> Urban Ag program at Clackamas Community College

> Read about beginning farmers learning in Portland

Check out New Enterprise Planning for a variety of financial planning assistance.

FSA’s Beginning Farmer & Rancher loans and Microloans can help beginning and small farmers

> Oregon FSA website

> Oregon USDA

USDA’s Conservation Reserve Transition Incentives Program encourages retiring or retired farmers to sell or lease expiring CRP lands to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Learn more

USDA Land Contract Guarantee Program makes and guarantees loans to eligible farmers to buy and operate family sized farms. The Land Contract Guarantee Program provides a valuable tool to transfer farm real estate to the next generation of farmers. Guarantees will be offered to the owner of a farm who wishes to sell real estate through a land contract to a beginning farmer or a farmer who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. The guarantee provides an incentive to sell to individuals in these groups as it reduces the financial risk to the seller due to buyer default on the contract payments.

> Washington Post article: A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

 Blog post with insight & some resource links: “So You Want To Be a Farmer…”

  See USDA’s “Beginning Farmers & Ranchers at a Glance Report”

  Kiva Zip offers loans for new or younger farmers whose credit may not be perfect of even well-established.

Learn about  National Young Farmers Coalition website on land trusts

> USDA stats about beginning farmers & age distribution of farmers.

  See Natural Resource article, “Big barriers for new farmers”

 National Geographic article on aging farmers & challenges for new and young farmers

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