Resources for beginning farmers/ranchers and small farms/ranches
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USDA Launches Resource for Farmers, Ranchers – See www.FarmAnswers.org 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 usda.gov/newfarmers. 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
> Check out Beginning Farmers website for a variety of resources & info.
> 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.
> Check out New Enterprise Planning for a variety of financial planning assistance.
> 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
> Learn about National Young Farmers Coalition website on land trusts