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 manage your farm, ranch and land with USDA.
Visit the US Small Business Administration’s website for an end-to-end business guide, with information to manage finances, employees and much more.
Visit the National Association of State Agriculture’s website to find state-specific agricultural information.
Check out the extensive library on Farm Answers for business resources specific to the agriculture industry.
Through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, USDA provides crop insurance to American farmers and ranchers to help them manage risks on their farms and ranches. Visit the USDA Risk Management Agency’s website for more information and the following featured tools:
- Agent Locator to find a crop insurance agent near you
- Actuarial Information Browser with direct access to the agency’s cost estimator, price discovery tool, livestock reports and the Risk Management Agency's Information Reporting System
- Interactive Map Viewer for commodity and livestock programs
The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses.
The Dairy Margin Protection Program, a voluntary program managed by USDA Farm Service Agency, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the difference between the price of milk and feed costs falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. Estimate your coverage needs with USDA’s Margin Protection Program tool.
Through Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, USDA Farm Service Agency offers financial assistance to producers of major row crops when either commodity prices or revenues are below certain levels.
USDA Risk Management Agency provides several livestock insurance policy options for your business.
Visit the Ag Risk and Farm Management Library, regional extension risk-management education centers and the USDA Risk Management Agency website to learn more about risk management.
The US Department of Labor administers laws that protect several types of farm workers, including:
Find health and safety requirements and resources for employees on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website.
Find your local office through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s interactive map.
For many USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency programs, land owners must comply with highly erodible lands and wetlands requirements. Get started with these 5 Steps to Meet Conservation Compliance.
USDA and partners offer resources for healthy and economically beneficial private forest land. Visit USDA's National Agroforestry Center and Forest Stewardship Program for forest-related resources and tools. And learn from the American Tree Farm System, a network of family forest owners committed to following sustainable forest management practices and techniques.
Cut input costs, maintain production, protect natural resources and save money through on-farm energy efficiency programs and tools, including USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s energy estimating tools and USDA Rural Development’s Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants.
Head on over to our Conserve information to learn about conservation financial and technical assistance for your land and resources.
Manage your crops, animals and other products strategically through USDA programs, information and tools.
For your crops:
Plan your crop planting, harvesting and management in between with USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Usual Planting and Harvesting Dates for US Field Crops information and the Fieldprint® Calculator for corn, cotton, rice, wheat, potato and soybean growers, provided by Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
Time to report crop acreage? Submit some common acreage information just once – either to the local USDA Farm Service Agency or participating crop insurance agent – through the Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative.
For animal operations:
Whether you manage beef or dairy cattle, sheep, or horses, good forage offers the key to success. Check out these resources to maximize your forage potential:
- Society for Range Management resources for land managers, scientists, educators and students, producers and conservationists
- Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable, including the Ranch Sustainability Assessment Framework and Guidebook
Face the unique management challenges of animal feeding operations with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan.
Visit the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s website for information about animal diseases. And explore One Health, a collaborative effort of the human health, veterinary health and environmental health communities.
Browse the short list of popular resources below. Visit the USDA website for a full list of agencies and services.
Quality Grading and Inspections ensure USDA quality grade marks are seen on products from meat to butter and eggs to fresh and processed fruits and vegetables.
Auditing and Accreditation services – provided by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – are recognized nationally and internationally, assuring customers of consistent quality products or services and offering producers a unique way to market their products.
USDA's National Organic Program offers Organic Certification that allows a farm or processing facility to sell, label and represent their products as organic. Visit the USDA website for a full list of agencies and resources.
USDA Certification for Small and Very Small Producers of grass-fed beef addresses the needs of small-scale livestock producers and the growing grass-fed beef industry.
From food hubs to economic trends, USDA agencies offer valuable information about global, national and local market trends and food networks.
USDA's Local Food Directories help consumers locate farmers markets, on-farm markets, CSAs, and food hubs. Managers and owners of local food entities are invited to enter and/or update their business information in the directories.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Compass Map offers a visual and searchable list of local and regional food sources and resources, including farmers markets, food hubs and meat processors.
Learn about selling food to USDA. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service purchases a variety of 100% domestically produced and processed commodity food products. The wholesome, high-quality products purchased by USDA—collectively called USDA Foods—are delivered to schools, food banks and households in communities across the country.
Finally, track agricultural economics that affect land and products through:
Are you looking to retire your land? Hand it down to family or over to a new and beginning farmer?
Head on over to our Conserve page to explore your options through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency.
Check out USDA Farm Service Agency’s Transition Incentive Program or TIP connects retired or retiring land owners or operators with beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.
Have more questions than answers about farm transition?
Visit your local USDA service center to discuss your options with a local employee (see the locator below).