USDA Grant and Loan Programs for Farmers and Ranchers
Information about loans, grants and conservation technical assistance for your farm offered by USDA. Many of these programs have priority funding for socially disadvantaged farmers, beginning farmers, women farmers and veteran farmers.
USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Programs for Farmers
- FSA County Offices — for more Information and to Apply for a loan
- Direct Operating Loans
- Farm Ownership Loan
- Farm Operating Loans
- Guaranteed Farm Loan Program and EZ Guarantee Program
- Micro Loan program for small, beginning, niche and non-traditional farm operations (including direct farmers market sales and CSA programs, organic farmers and vertical or hydroponic operations)
- Youth Loans
- Native American Tribal Loans
- Emergency Farm Loans
- Minority and Women Farmers/Ranchers Guidelines and Program Information
- Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Guidelines
USDA Programs and Resources for Veterans
USDA Value Added Producer Grant
The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain.
FARMER Program — California Air Resources Board
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Programs for Farmers
Farm Conservation Financial Assistance Programs
Online Conservation Technical Assistance
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
- Historically underserved producers (limited resource farmers/ranchers, beginning farmers/ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, Tribes and Veterans) may be eligible for increased payment rate to support implementation of conservation practices and conservation plans.
- Historically underserved producers are also be eligible for advance payments up to 50 percent of the cost needed to purchase materials or contracting services to begin installation of approved conservation practices.
- Historically underserved producers can find definitions for each category and additional information online.
- Program Information
- Program Eligibility
Conservation Stewardship Program — Program Information and Eligibility
Conservation Innovation Grants — Program Eligibility and Application
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