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Where can I find agricultural funding resources?

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Compiled by:
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library, Room 123
U.S. Department of Agriculture 20705-2351

1. Small Farm Funding Resources
National Agricultural Library, Rural Information Center.
View a video to this guide.
The Rural Information Center (RIC) has compiled this funding resource from a variety of private, state, and federal online funding databases. Additional resources for finding funding for all types of activities in rural areas are available at

For more information on their resources and/or hardcopy versions of their directories, contact:
          Rural Information Center
          10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 123
          Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
          Toll-free: 1-800-633-7701 (Nationwide)

2. ATTRA - the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

  • Funding Opportunities
    This list features sustainable agriculture-related funding information updated weekly and searchable by date and keyword.

  • Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.
    Krome, Margaret (MFAI), George Reistad (MFAI), and NSAC's policy staff. In collaboration with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
    Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009, updated October 2014. 86 p.
    Available free online or $3.00 for print copies.

    "This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit."

3. United States Department of Agriculture

  • Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

    • Funding Opportunities
      The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program offers five different types of grants for funding of relevant agricultural research projects.

    • Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses
      Business planning guide focuses on how real farm families set goals,
      research processing alternatives, determine potential markets and evaluate financing options.

  • Agricultural Marketing Service
    Farmers Market Funding Opportunities
    Select 'Find Farmers Market Funding Opportunities' from the I Want To menu.

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
    Grant Search
    Search for funding opportunities by Emphasis (or topic) and Eligibility to find programs of interest.

4. Types of State Agricultural Finance Programs
National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs.
An overview of the funding programs offered by many state agricultural departments. The Directory of State Programs provides more detail and contacts:

A partnership of Federal Agencies which directs grant seekers to over 1,000 programs offered across 26 Federal grant-making Agencies.

6. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
Addresses marketing and business planning for U.S. agricultural producers.

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