What Federal Programs Are Available?

We are frequently asked what federal programs are available for farmers and ranchers.  Now, with the updated publication Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development a resource exists that lists available programs, eligibility requirements, funding parameters, contact information, and when applicable, project examples.

The guide lists the approximately 70 programs available, from grants, loans, to technical assistance and information and educational resources.

While the guide lists the programs in alphabetical order, the programs are also listed by category.  Categories include:

  • Economic Development for Farms, Small Businesses and Communities
  • Farm Loans
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Natural Resources Conservation and Management
  • Nutrition and Consumer Food Access
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation
  • Research and Outreach
  • Value Added and Marketing Innovations

The guide is available for free online or a paper copy is available for a $3 handling fee.

The guide is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was produced in cooperation with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). USDA agencies and programs that provided major support for the publication include Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE), U.S. Forest Service; and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).