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.

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.

United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA offers several programs that help organic farmers and ranchers meet the natural resources conservation requirements of organic agriculture. This guide describes and links to USDA loan programs, conservation assistance, crop insurance, and marketing programs.

United States Department of Agriculture.

At a Glance: Highlighted Financial Programs Throughout USDA. Provides information on "USDA programs that may be of particular interest to small and beginning farmers and ranchers as well as socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers."

USDA. NAL. Sustainable Systems and Communities Program.

Watch this short video tutorial to learn more about funding sources for farmers and ranchers. The video is a companion to the Small Farm Funding Resources publication that covers tools to develop a business plan, write a grant proposal, locate funding and assistance programs and more.

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

Find tools to develop a business plan, write a grant proposal, locate funding and assistance programs and more.

United States Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Farming is a tough job, but at the heart of it all, you'll see a vibrant community contributing to the future of our nation’s health and food security. Find the resources from the USDA, other Federal agencies and partners to help you get started.

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

A calendar of organic farming and sustainable agriculture funding and grant opportunities. Browse the list or search by keyword.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; National Center for Appropriate Technology; and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. [Updated October 2014.]

A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.  Compiled for those seeking help "to foster sustainable and innovative initiatives in this country associated with agriculture and forestry," this guide describes "federal program resources ranging from grants and loans to technical assistance and information resources."