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Start2Farm.gov Helps Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Get Started

Posted by Stephanie Ritchie, Librarian, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center and Start2Farm.gov, National Agricultural Library in Food and Nutrition Farming
Jan 08, 2020

We know that America's farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation's economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow. There are hundreds of programs and resources available to help meet these efforts.  However, sometimes it’s hard to know where to look.  To overcome this challenge, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, has created www.Start2Farm.gov, an online database connecting beginning farmers and ranchers with available programs and resources.

Start2Farm.gov allows potential and beginning farmers to search for programs and resources for training, financing, technical assistance, and business-to-business support.  The database, which includes hundreds of records, is searchable by geographical area or by topic. Additional features include a ‘Thinking about farming?’ tutorial, and an event calendar.

Start2Farm.gov was funded via the NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), a competitive grant for America’s new farmers and ranchers. In 2009, the first year of NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, three-year grants supported training for 5,000 beginning farmers and ranchers. In 2011, it is anticipated that these grants will have supported training for more than 10,000 beginning farmer and ranchers. In addition to offering resources and information for new and beginning farmers, State2Farm.gov will coordinate the efforts and stories of all BFRDP grantees.

Start2farm.gov will be showcased at the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Conference, to be held February 18-20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition Farming

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Ben Weaver
May 08, 2019

@Sharp - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a grant for your old barn. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Melva K Arceneaux
Jun 10, 2019

I am a older woman and i want to have a small farm .I could have food animals a home and i could shar with others
Is this at all possible.

Ben Weaver
Jun 10, 2019

@Melva K Arceneaux - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a small farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Franklin D. Smith Jr.
Aug 01, 2019

Cattle ranch start up and fencing

Dustin
Aug 02, 2019

I have someone offering me a house and barn with 15 acers to farm but I don't have the money to buy the land he is not asking much for it and i would like to buy it and farm it but can't find a lone or Grant and i have no credit only a medical bill never had a credit card and time is running out on the land how would should I start

Ben Weaver
Aug 05, 2019

@Dustin - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on purchasing this farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Arpan Guptaray
Sep 17, 2019

How do I become a rancher for the government.

Dustin Hambright
Oct 16, 2019

I would like to start a cattle ranch, but I don’t really know where to start.

Ben Weaver
Oct 17, 2019

@Dustin Hambright - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a cattle ranch. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Zachary Williams
Nov 04, 2019

I’m looking for help to start my cattle business.

Ben Weaver
Nov 04, 2019

@Zachary Williams - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a cattle business. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Christina Jones
Nov 05, 2019

I was interested in having bees and chickens on my two acres and wondered if there was help to start.

Ben Weaver
Nov 05, 2019

@Christina Jones - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on having bees and chicken on your land. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Dana Swartfiguer
Dec 31, 2019

When clicking the above link "start2farm.gov" or entering it into my url bar, I receive an error message stating the website cannot be reached.
I would love to be able to access the information and resources that are said to be offered on that website.

Ben Weaver
Jan 08, 2020

@Dana Swartfiguer - thank you for inquiring about our retired Start2Farm website. Regretfully, it no longer exists. Please visit USDA’s main website for New Farmers: newfarmers.usda.gov.

Ralph Hamilton
Feb 23, 2020

More information please.My son purchased a small farm and we would like to grow hay and some livestock.

Anthony Collins
Mar 14, 2020

I am almost 48 years old and own 25 acres of agriculture land that I want to build small farm house on and start a farm in Ray county Missouri and have equipment tractor etc. but wondering if there is any funding grants to help educate and help get started interested in possible small heard of cattle, beekeeping, possible vegetable crops?

Ben Weaver
Mar 16, 2020

@Anthony Collins - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on having bees and chicken on your land. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Robert Brown
Apr 21, 2020

I'd like some literature on the how to's of row crops and the like for a beginning farm operation for possibly the Oklahoma region. Possibly along with literature on exotic woods (tool handles, select woods) growing trees to harvest wood.

Ben Weaver
Apr 22, 2020

@Robert Brown - thank you for contacting USDA for information about farming in Oklahoma with row crops and exotic wood. Please refer to the following resources:

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service www.oces.okstate.edu

Contacting Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

Contacting the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry

Contacting the Oklahoma Forestry Services

Contacting the USDA Forest Service Library www.fs.fed.us/library/contact-us.shtml

Resources on first steps to start a farm:

We hope these resources help you with your questions. Please email us at agrefquestion@libraryresearch.info if we can further assist. Thank you.

Henry Martin Chirino
Apr 24, 2020

I would like to obtain a grant to fix fencing and buy more cows ,feeding, fix tractor and get a bigger equipment, I have trying by myself for the last 3 years (2017) I am about to close and sale everything
Please help my family.

Henry Martin Chirino
Apr 24, 2020

I would like to apply for a grant to develop more my family cow ranch, I have been trying by my self and about to end .
I have run out money to feed my cows,my tractor needs repairs .
I would like to continue producing and be productive please help me make it possible for my family.

Michael Petersen
Apr 27, 2020

I’m very interested in getting help to farm and ranch with the help of a grant.

Ben Weaver
Apr 27, 2020

@Henry Martin Chirino - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a grant for your ranch. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Ben Weaver
Apr 27, 2020

@Michael Petersen - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a grant for your ranch. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Jeff Cagle
May 05, 2020

I have +-50 acres and would like to see if there is a grant available for me to get a cattle farm stared I have water already.

Lori Bartow
May 06, 2020

I own "Green Garden Hydroponics" I am looking and searching for funding for a "Freight Farm". I already know how to grow plants and veggies. I simply need funding. I have land to place one or two farms each farm capable of generating a $15000 profit. Please help me find funding, I know it is out there just waiting. Thanks, Lori Bartow in Gates, Oregon.

Ben Weaver
May 06, 2020

@Jeff Cagle - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a grant for a cattle farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Ben Weaver
May 06, 2020

@Lori Bartow - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on funding. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Zacharylindsay
May 08, 2020

Hi I'm just getting into this garnering life
My mom got garden
I'm gave sweet corn alfalfa
Broccoli zucchini red peppers yellow peppers acorn and some wheat

Julia Thompson
May 09, 2020

I am looking to start a homestead and tie it in with recovery programs to be self sustainable and tech self sufficiency.

Praveen
May 09, 2020

Hi
Looking to start a diary farm. But I don’t have any land. How can I start.
Thanks
Pravee n

Ben Weaver
May 11, 2020

@Praveen - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a dairy farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Ben Weaver
May 11, 2020

@Julia Thompson - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a homestead. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

David H Shepherd
May 22, 2020

I am a first time farmer in Tate County, MS, age 68 with 25 acres of land needing fences for goats. Is there a fencing grant for me?

Michelle Prentice
May 24, 2020

I am a older woman in Arizona who owns some land and wants start a small ranch. I want to be self sufficient and looking for a grant to help with the start up costs.

Ben Weaver
May 26, 2020

@David H Shepherd - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a fencing grant. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Ben Weaver
May 26, 2020

@Michelle Prentice - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a small ranch. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

John D Gregory
Jun 05, 2020

I currently have chickens and pigs. I am interested in see what loans or grants I maybe could apply for. I have a very small egg production set but I'm in need of more land in order to expand my egg production to be able to help with the egg need. Right now I just sell to neighbors and co workers but there is a need in my area for more eggs. How can I go about enlarging my small farm to a little bit larger one

Ben Weaver
Jun 08, 2020

@John D Gregory - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a loan or grant for your farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Debbie Shultz
Jun 08, 2020

would like to know how to get grants to start a cattle farm.

Ben Weaver
Jun 09, 2020

@Debbie Shultz - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on a grant for starting a cattle farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Robert Green
Jun 17, 2020

My wife and I have a little land and are looking to expand our farming and ranching. Is there any help for us and our little family? We live in Central Texas.

Ben Weaver
Jun 17, 2020

@Robert Green - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on expanding your farming and ranching. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.

Zachary
Aug 06, 2020

I grew up on a dairy/beef/crop farm I have always wanted to get back to my roots. And start a farm instead of inheriting my family's. But I don't have a clue how to even start I never learned that side of it.

Ben Weaver
Aug 06, 2020

@Zachary - thank you for your comment. You may visit a USDA Service Center near you to get more information on starting a farm. To do this, please visit the USDA Service Center Locator.