Farm and Food
Whether your family has been farming or ranching for generations or you're just beginning a farm career, the Center for Rural Affairs has resources to help you grow a successful farm business.
- Matching programs - worldwide opportunities
In the last 10 years, almost a million of our military’s servicemen and servicewomen have come from rural communities. As these veterans return home, they bring with them an opportunity to employ their passion, discipline, and sense of service to revitalize America’s small farms and rural communities. Learn more about our training and support programs for veteran farmers.
The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to help aspiring and beginning women farmers turn their farming dreams into reality through training and mentorships with established women farmers. Learn more about upcoming opportunities for women farmers.
Farms are businesses, and as with any business, sound financial planning is crucial to success. Considering your farm finances is especially important for beginners getting started and for landowners considering farm transfers.
- Financial picture overview - evaluate your farm business before seeking financing
- Beginning farmer financing programs - potential funding sources
- Tax incentive programs - benefits for landowners who work with beginning farmers or ranchers
- Planning farm and business transitions - financially sound ways to pass on a life's work
- Supplemental retirement documents - introductory guides to help plan your retirement
One key to having a viable small-scale farm is producing a high-value product. Customers will pay more for non-generic, non-commodity products that make are unique to your farm. These products return a higher profit to your farm business.
- Profitable practices - full report on successful strategies
- Resources and grants for high value markets - tools and support to help you get started