Awareness about USDA agencies and programs is a critical first step, however we know that awareness alone is not enough! That’s why we’ve gathered a collection of resources that are out there to help you figure out which programs are best for you, as well as developed step-by-step guides to walk you through different processes with different agencies.
USDA has developed a comprehensive website for new farmers that hosts information on how to get started. There is even a personalized Discovery Tool that will help guide you as you begin to make your plan!
USDA Program Guides:
To help you through the process of accessing USDA programs that can help your farm business succeed, the MIFFS team has created step-by-step guides. You can find information about USDA agencies, programs, and instructions and talking points for getting the most out of the services available to you.
MIFFS “FSA Registration Guide”
MIFFS “Insider’s Guide to NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program: Lessons Learned from Michigan Farmers”
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Farm Service Agency “A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs”
USDA 101: Farm Number Registration (Recorded for vets-in ag) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwTbWS0pHyk&feature=youtu.be
USDA blogs: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog
Additional Natural Resources Conservation Services:
NRCS Conservation planning and Financial Assistance Programs.
Conservation Technical Assistance Program
Environmental Quality Insurance Program (EQIP)