How to Start a Farm: Beginning Farmers and Ranchers – USDA

New to farming? Want to learn how to start a farm? USDA can help and offers additional assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers.

About

USDA considers anyone who has operated a farm or ranch for less than ten years to be a beginning farmer or rancher. USDA can help you get started or grow your operation through a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to crop insurance, and conservation programs to disaster assistance.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Environmental Compliance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Lease Review

Regulatory Compliance

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Insurance Requirements