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Grants, Loans, and Support

Grants, Loans & Support

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) is helping communities scale up local and regional food systems and strengthen their economies. USDA has many financial resources available to support this work, but determining which is right for your community is no small task.

We want to simplify the process and help communities put USDA programs to work for them. This page lists over two dozen programs at USDA that can help build local and regional food systems. This list is not the entirety of USDA's offerings, but it is a great starting place.

Whether you are an individual farmer looking to extend your growing season, a cooperative of growers looking to rebuild a food hub, a farmers' market that wants to accept SNAP benefits, a school that needs cold storage to store locally procured meat, or anyone in between, this short guide to our programs will help you identify funding options to support you.

Each link will take you to a short, easy-to-understand description of the program, an explanation of how it can be used to support a local or regional food project, and a link to the USDA agency webpage where you can find more information about the application process.

For the latest updates and announcements regarding programs, make sure to check out our blog.

Agricultural Marketing Service

AMS Memo

Farm Service Agency

FSA Memo

Food and Nutrition Service

Forest Service

Forest Service Memo

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

REE Memo

Natural Resources Conservation Service


Risk Management Agency

Rural Development

RD Memo


Memo on USDA resources for urban agriculture