Beginning Farmer & Rancher
Support for New Farmers & Ranchers
What is a Beginning Farmer?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Services Exist for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers?
Your local county Extension office can provide you with assistance and pertinent information to support your farm or ranch. Additionally, the USDA has special assistance programs for beginning farmers and ranchers to address some of the barriers to start-up and create more opportunities for developing agricultural enterprises. Each state has a USDA program coordinator who can help you better understand the USDA programs and services available to you.
What Financial Support Exists for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers?
The United States Department of Agriculture and its agencies such as the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) have a variety of programs designed to support beginning farmers and ranchers. These include various loan programs and some cost-share and grant funding opportunities. For more information about specific programs and eligibility requirements, visit program specific online sites or speak directly with the local FSA office. Farm Credit also provides financing for beginning farm and ranch business through its farm credit institutions in each state. These farm credit institutions provide loans and financial services to farmers and ranchers, farmer-owned cooperatives, rural homebuyers, and agribusinesses,
Beginning Farmer & Rancher Resources
OSU Extension researchers have released publications to assist those with an interest in farming and ranching.
OSU provides online courses designed to assist farmers and ranchers.
- Quicken for Farm & Ranch Financial Record Keeping
- Market Gardening 1: Soil Management
- Market Gardening 2: Cool-Season Crop Production
- Market Gardening 3: Warm-Season Vegetable Production
- Market Gardening 4: Fruit Production
- Introduction to Beef Cattle Nutrition
- Introduction to Beekeeping