Grants and Loans for Farmers

A seedling near a one-hundred dollar bill sprouting from the soil. (Copyright IStock)Although limited, financial support for small farms and farm-related businesses is available from a variety of Federal, state and local agencies and from non-governmental organizations. Start your search here.

USDA. Farm Service Agency. and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

This 2017 guide details USDA programs, arranged by Agency, "that have been created to help farmers succeed." Each program description "provides helpful information on who's eligible, what a program helps farmers do, and where to go to get more information." Note: Includes "Special Set-asides for Organic, Beginning, Socially Disadvantaged, and/or Military Veteran Farmers and Ranchers" program matrix (p. 27).

United States Department of Agriculture.

This guide describes and links to organic and organic-related United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. Some USDA programs specifically target organic farmers, ranchers, and handlers. USDA also provides research data and technical information; delivers organic education and knowledge to other USDA programs and the public, and offers marketing and infrastructure programs that assist with business development and marketing of organic operations.

Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture

This 2014 catalog, developed in accordance with the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.), describes Federal programs and activities "that directly or indirectly encourage, support, or assist U.S. aquaculture." Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (formerly the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture) under the National Science and Technology Council’s Life Sciences Subcommittee. Note: The Guide has been archived. Conduct a Web search for the Federal Government Agency and/or the aquaculture funding program to locate current information on these programs.

United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA’s Urban Agriculture Tool Kit identifies and describes technical and financial resources developed by urban farmers, federal and city government agencies, and local organizations that address considerations for new urban farmers. Key resources include “Accessing Capital and Financing.”

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Grant programs support "a variety of agricultural activities, including the specialty crop industry and local and regional food system expansion."

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Search for funding opportunities by Emphasis (or topic) and Eligibility to find grant announcements and applications.

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program operates a competitive nationwide research and education grants program and conducts outreach to facilitate improved sustainable farming practices.  

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

This listing describes funding and grant programs related to sustainable agriculture and includes a calendar of proposal and application deadlines.

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