Women farmers and ranchers play a vital role in American agriculture and producing the food and fiber to feed and clothe the world. No matter the size of your operation or the crop being produced, our programs can help you start, grow, and protect your operation. Start by learning how programs can serve you, reading about how other producers have used USDA programs for their operations, and getting connected to local USDA staff who can support you.
Programs and Services
Every agricultural operation is different — farm or ranch, rural or urban, small or big, and everywhere in between. That’s why USDA offers a wide variety of programs and services, such as loans, conservation assistance, disaster assistance, and safety net programs. Farmers.gov has a wealth of information on all of our programs.
Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the Risk Management Agency’s Agent Locator. If you have difficulty finding an agent, contact your RMA Regional Office.
If you inherited land without a clear title or documented legal ownership, learn more about how USDA can help Heirs’ Property Landowners establish a farm number to gain access to a variety of programs and services.
While all programs are available to producers there are specific incentives, priorities, and set asides for female producers within USDA programs. These provisions include:
- For direct and guaranteed loans, loan applications are eligible for targeted funds.
- Down payment loan program, which helps producers who have funds for a down payment fund the purchase of a family farm or ranch using loans from a commercial lender and FSA.
Protection and Recovery
- For the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, waived administrative fee and eligible for 50% premium reduction on buy up coverage.
- Land contract guarantees to a person who sells land to a socially disadvantaged producer.
- Priority purchasing for farmland held in FSA’s inventory.
Working with Us
Your first step should be to contact your USDA Service Center and make an appointment. Be sure to ask what documents you’ll need such as the Customer Data Worksheet (AD-2047) and Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification Form (CCC-860) to update your contact and demographic information and status as a limited resource, military veteran, and/or beginning farmer. Also consider: what is your vision for your land and farm? What are your challenges?
Prior to your visit you can also use USDA’s self-determination tool to see if you’re qualify for limited resource special provisions.
USDA encourages farmers to participate in leadership opportunities including County Office Committees and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which help with delivery of Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, research and promotion programs, and federal advisory committees.
- November 9, 2022: USDA Releases Nationwide Farmer, Rancher and Forest Manager Prospective Customer Survey
- Women in Agriculture
- Get Started! A Guide to USDA Resources for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers
- USDA CARES Partner Portal – Resources for underserved farmers, ranchers, and landowners and partners who work with them
- Farm Service Agency’s Outreach and Education webpage
- Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Outreach and Advocacy webpage
- New Farmer Training
- Small Business Administration: Women-owned businesses
Read About Other Farmers
Fridays on the Farm: Producing Maple, Lumber, and Heritage Sheep at Sweet Sourland Farms
Find Your Local Service Center
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.