Forest Operations

Does your operation include forests? USDA offers a variety of programs and services that could help your land. Whether you grow pines or firs, or maples or walnut, we have options for you.

Pandemic Assistance

USDAs Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program (PATHH) provides financial relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19. This new program is part of USDAs Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance for updates on this initiative.

Loans

USDA may be able to help you access capital. And we can be a good partner if you aren’t able to get funding from a traditional lender. 

Farm Loans

We offer loans directly through USDA and also guarantee loans through other lenders.

Loans available directly through USDA range from $50,000 microloans to a maximum of $400,000 for operating loans and up to $600,000 for ownership loans. Alternatively, you can apply for a guaranteed loan up to $1,776,000 through USDA-approved banks and other commercial lenders.

Ownership Loans
 

 

Ownership loans are available to help you purchase land and equipment.

Loan Amounts

Operating Loans
 

 

Operating loans help you meet day-to-day costs.

Loan Amounts

Combined Ownership & Operating Loans

 

Combined ownership & operating loans help purchase land and equipment and meet day-to-day costs.

Loan Amounts

To get help, contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at your local Service Center or visit our Farm Loan Discovery Tool.

Protection and Recovery

Depending on where you manage land, natural disasters like wildfire or insect infestation may impact your operation. If disaster strikes, know that we are here to help.

Disaster Assistance Programs

We offer disaster assistance programs to offset losses and get you back on your feet. For forests, some relevant programs include:

Emergency Forest Restoration Program

 

Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) offers financial payments to eligible private forests damaged by natural disasters or insect and disease infestation.

Tree Assistance Program
 

 

Tree Assistance Program (TAP) helps orchardists and nursery tree growers replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by natural disasters and eligible plant disease.

Emergency Conservation Program
 

 

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides funding to rehabilitate farmland, including orchards, nursery stock, Christmas trees, and conservation structures, damaged by natural disasters and to carry out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought.

For other disaster programs, contact the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at your local Service Center or use the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool.

Crop Insurance

To explore crop insurance, contact an Approved Insurance Provider.

Conservation

We can help you plan and implement conservation practices, which can be beneficial not only to natural resources but also to your bottom line. 

Planning

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will work with you to discuss your goals and develop a conservation plan for your operation. If you want to get started at home, you can also use our Conservation Concerns Tool to explore the different types of conservation issues that could impact the productivity and natural resources on your land and which practices could help.

Common Conservation Activities

NRCS can share the cost with producers to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Common conservation activities for forests include:

Forest Stand Improvement

 

Forest Stand Improvement is managing the composition of a forest by removing selected plants and trees.

Tree/Shrub Establishment

 

Tree/Shrub Establishment is planting trees or shrubs.

Grade Stabilization

 

Grade Stabilization controls the grade in a channel.

Easements

If certain parts of your farm are not ideal for cultivation, conservation easements or longer-term conservation options may be right for you. The Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP) helps landowners protect and enhance their forestland, improving carbon sequestration and habitat for wildlife.

To learn more about conservation, contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or Farm Service Agency (FSA) at your local Service Center. 

Find Your Local Service Center

We are committed to delivering USDA services to America’s farmers and ranchers while taking safety measures in response to the pandemic. Some USDA offices are beginning to reopen to limited visitors by appointment only. Service Center staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

USDA Service Centers are locations where you can connect with Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Rural Development employees for your business needs. Enter your state and county below to find your local service center and agency offices. If this locator does not work in your browser, please visit offices.usda.gov.

Visit the Risk Management Agency website to find a regional or compliance office or to find an insurance agent near you.