Funding and Program Assistance
Go Farm U highly recommend taking the Business Planning Course we offer to assist in farm planning and financial management.
You may want to start your financial assistance search with your state Department of Agriculture to see if your state has a Beginning Farmer Loan Program or other type of grants or loans for farming and ranching.
Information on Farm Financial Management & Performance can be located on the USDA's Economic Research Service web site.
Farm Banks: The nation's farm banks (defined by the Federal Reserve Board as banks that have above average proportions of farm real estate and production loans in their loan portfolios) offer a variety of loans to small and large farms and agribusiness firms; they also handle many of the loans made under USDA's guaranteed farm loan programs.
- American Bankers Association: Agriculure Banking. ABA has a "special section dedicated to providing advocacy, information, training, education, and public relations for banks that make and service agricultural loans or provide credit and other financial services to those living and working in rural America for nearly 100 years." http://www.aba.com/Solutions/AgBanking/Pages/default.aspx
Farm Credit System (FCS): The FCS is a network of federally chartered borrower-owned lending institutions and related service organizations that specialize in providing credit and related services to farmers (also young and beginning), ranchers, and producers or harvesters of aquatic products. Additional information about the FCS is available from the Farm Credit Administration at http://www.fca.gov/FCS-Institutions.htm
- Locate Farm Credit System Lenders:
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA): The FSA provides a variety of farm loan programs, including traditional operating loans, beginning farmer and youth programs. FSA also includes a mediation program for agricultural disputes.
- Farm Service Agency, Farm Programs:
- Locate Farm Service Agency Offices:
- Additional USDA Farm Programs and Resources
- ATTRA OR the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation and Community Development . Margaret Krome, Teresa Maurer, and Katie Wied. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), October, 2009. 118 p. https://attra.ncat.org/guide/Building_Sustainable.pdf
- ATTRA. Programs that Focus on Organic and Sustainable Farming Practices, https://attra.ncat.org/guide/agriculture/index.html This is a section of the Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities publication. Last Updated January 26, 2010.