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.

U.S. 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.

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.

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

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

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."

USDA. Farm Service Agency.

"FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender." Includes link to the Service Center Locator.

USDA. Rural Development.

USDA's Rural Development helps rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain financial and technical assistance. Site includes information about loans and grants, notices about available funds and a database of homes for sale.