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Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding Resources?

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Reviewed July 2016

  1. Small Farm Funding Resources
    USDA. National Agricultural Library. Rural Information Center.
    https://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/small-farm-funding-resources
    View a video to this guide.
    This online guide and video "contain information about issues to consider before starting a farming operation with links to full-text guides on how to start a farm business, and develop business and marketing plans." The guide identifies funding programs for beginning and experienced farmers, technical assistance contacts, disaster assistance, and organizations with resources. 
     
  2. A Guide to Funding Resources
    USDA. National Agricultural Library. Rural Information Center.
    https://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/guide-to-funding-resources
    The "Funding Resources" section of A Guide to Funding Resources includes links to searchable databases offering funding opportunities from government and/or private sources that are available to local governments, community organizations, and individuals. It provides web links to more than forty full-text online guides and tips to assist grantwriters prepare successful proposals.       For more information on their resources and/or hardcopy versions of their directories, contact:          

    NAL. Rural Information Center
    10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 123
    Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
    Toll-free: 1-800-633-7701 (Nationwide)
    E-mail: https://www.nal.usda.gov/ask-question

  3. Sustainable Agriculture Research Funding Resources
    USDA. National Agricultural Library. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.
    https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/sustainable-agriculture-research-funding-resources
    "This fact sheet lists U.S. government and non-government entities that provide funding for research activities related to sustainable agriculture including organic farming and food, integrated pest management, water quality issues related to agriculture, rural community and small farm topics, alternative and value-added marketing practices, and more. Emphasis is on research funds."
     
  4. ATTRA - the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
    • Funding Opportunities
      https://attra.ncat.org/calendar/funding.php
      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.
      KroKrome, 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.
      https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=279
      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."
       
  5. United States Department of Agriculture
             
  6. Types of State Agricultural Finance Programs
    National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs.
    http://www.stateagfinance.org/types-of-state-ag-loan-programs
    An overview of the funding programs offered by many state agricultural departments. The Directory of State Programs provides more detail and contacts: http://www.stateagfinance.org/uploads/2014%20NCO%20Directory.pdf
     
  7. Grants.gov
    http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html
    A partnership of Federal Agencies which directs grant seekers to over 1,000 programs offered across 26 Federal grant-making Agencies.
     
  8. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
    http://www.agmrc.org/
    Addresses marketing and business planning for U.S. agricultural producers.