Farmers.gov doesn’t deliver every agricultural resource, tool or story for farmers, ranchers and foresters – and it doesn’t pretend to. Instead, we’re talking to our customers and field employees, many farmers and ranchers themselves. We’re building farmers.gov around those ideas, adding small content and features often for the greatest immediate value.
Right now, farmers.gov has wide open space, a few fence posts and a little know-how. Check back often for new information and features on how you can connect with USDA, partners and your local agricultural community.
USDA service centers, in counties nationwide, support local customers with financial assistance, conservation planning, risk management programs a so much more. Search our service center locator for a USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service or Risk Management Agency office near you (see locator below).
Visit a cooperative extension office near you. USDA and agricultural colleges in the Land Grant University System around the country together support an extensive network of state, regional and county cooperative extension offices. These offices address common issues faced by agricultural producers and conduct workshops and educational events for the agricultural community.
Contact your local conservation district. The National Association of Conservation Districts works with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands in the United States. Find your local conservation district office.
Search Farmland Information Center, a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. The Farm Information center is a project of American Farmland Trust maintained on behalf of and with support from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Through the farmland protection directory, producers can search geographically for public programs and land trusts that protect farm and ranch land for agriculture.
Visit the National Association of State Agriculture’s website to find contact information plus an ag snapshot of statistics for your state.
“Shepherding one generation to the next is our responsibility. We want to help new farmers, veterans, and people transitioning from other industries to agriculture. They need land, equipment, and access to capital, but they also need advice and guidance. That's what SCORE is all about.” – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue
SCORE offers free mentoring, workshops and online resources for entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, ranchers and agribusiness. USDA and its partners across rural America are working with SCORE to support new farming and ranching operations. Read more about the USDA and SCORE partnership.
Join a USDA Farm Service Agency county committee in your community. Committee members help deliver agency programs at the local level and ensure agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
Be a voice for your industry by serving on a Research and Promotion Program Board. These programs, which are overseen by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, focus on research, marketing and consumer outreach efforts that improve, maintain and develop opportunities for agricultural commodities. There are 22 Research and Promotion programs serving a variety of commodity industries, from eggs to soybeans, lumber to lamb.
Join or start a youth program. 4-H partners with universities to provide mentoring and help youth build a foundation of leadership and skills for success. The National FFA Organization develops the potential of students for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success as an integral part of agricultural education—from production farming, agribusiness and forestry to biotechnology, marketing and food processing.
HayNet, managed by USDA Farm Service Agency, provides an online resource for farmers and ranchers to share 'Need Hay' and 'Have Hay' ads online. Farmers also can post advertisements for grazing land availability or land needed.
USDA Farm Service Agency’s Transition Incentive Program connects retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.
Head on over to the farmers.gov Blog for success stories by and about farmers, ranchers, private foresters and partners. Find news producers can use to grow business, land and resources.
And follow USDA Farm Production and Conservation mission accounts: Under Secretary Bill Northey @BillatUSDA, Farm Service Agency @usdafsa, Natural Resources Conservation Service @USDA_NRCS and Risk Management Agency @usdaRMA.
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