Young Farmers

You are never too young to start your career in agriculture and USDA is here to help every step along the way. Young farmer loans are available to assist in starting your own agriculture business whether it is showing animals through 4-H or FFA or a different venture. USDA also has resources available to help you learn about natural resource conservation, climate smart agriculture, and more as you help out on the family farm or ranch and prepare for your own career. 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.

Youth Loans

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has designated youth loans available to help you with your first foray into running an agriculture business. Youth loans provide up to $5,000 and are available for people 10 to 20 years old. The loans can be used to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with your participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organization.

When applying for a youth loan you must include a recommendation from a project advisor who has agreed to help oversee your project and has the experience necessary to assist you as needed.

To learn more or to apply for a program, contact your local USDA Service Center, and your local Farm Service Agency.

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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.

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