From feed store to service center to farmer’s market, agriculture grows with strong, local partnerships and farmer-to-farmer learning opportunities. Connect with USDA, partners, and other producers here on farmers.gov.
USDA service centers, in counties nationwide, support local customers with financial assistance, conservation planning, risk management programs, and 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.
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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