Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding Resources?

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Compiled by:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
National Agricultural Library (NAL)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
10301 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

Reviewed June 2014

  1. Small Farm Funding Resources
    National Agricultural Library, Rural Information Center.
    View a video to this guide.
    The Rural Information Center (RIC) has compiled this funding resource from a variety of private, state, and federal online funding databases. Additional resources for finding funding for all types of activities in rural areas are available at http://ric.nal.usda.gov/funding-resources.

    For more information on their resources and/or hardcopy versions of their directories, contact:

    Rural Information Center
    10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 123
    Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
    Toll-free: 1-800-633-7701 (Nationwide)
    E-mail: http://ric.nal.usda.gov/ask-question-0

  2. ATTRA - the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

    • Funding Opportunities
      This list features sustainable agriculture-related funding information updated weekly and searchable by date and keyword.
    • Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.
      KroKrome, Margaret (MFAI), George Reistad (MFAI), and NSAC's policy staff. In collaboration with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
      Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009, updated October 2014. 86 p.
      Available free online or $3.00 for print copies.

      "This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit."

  3. United States Department of Agriculture

  4. Types of State Agricultural Finance Programs
    National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs.
    An overview of the funding programs offered by many state agricultural departments. The Directory of State Programs provides more detail and contacts: http://www.stateagfinance.org/uploads/2014%20NCO%20Directory.pdf

  5. Grants.gov
    A partnership of Federal Agencies which directs grant seekers to over 1,000 programs offered across 26 Federal grant-making Agencies.

  6. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
    Addresses marketing and business planning for U.S. agricultural producers.