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USDA Resource: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs
Today’s farmers are changing the way we farm and eat in this country. Folks starting out in farming today are:
USDA recognizes the needs of farmers of all kinds, and has worked hard to improve federal resources so they work for all farmers. However, navigating the programs and understanding what each program can do for you is confusing and time consuming. This guide is for anyone who is farming – or thinking about getting into farming – whether you’re a beginner or just looking to try something new.
View the full document: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs
Market Data, Certification, and Labeling
AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while ensuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive marketplace. AMS publishes price data, conducts market research, provides audits and accreditation, and helps farmers pay for organic certification.
Farm Loans, Disaster Assistance, and Commodity Programs
FSA administers credit and loan programs and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs through a national network of offices.
Find your local FSA field office at: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=fsa
Conservation Payments and Technical Assistance
NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment through federal conservation programs.
Find your local NRCS field office at: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs
Crop Insurance Policy Development and Data Collection
RMA helps to ensure that farmers have the financial tools necessary to manage agricultural risks. RMA works with private crop insurance companies and agents to administer the Federal Crop Insurance Program which protects farmers against losses on their farms.
Grants, Loans, and Rural Infrastructure
RD helps rural areas to develop and grow by offering federal assistance that improves quality of life. RD targets communities in need and then empowers them with financial and technical resources.
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