New to farming

Resources for people who are new to farming.

This guide provides information on disaster assistance, access to credit and risk management for the dairy farmer. 

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The Get Farming! program is designed to help growers and other food enterpreneurs with business and marketing tools through information, training, workshops, and networking.  Also, Individual Devopment Accounts, a matched savings program, can help eligible producers with  small and important financial assistance.

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The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Farm Cost and Return Tool (CART) was created to assist beginning farmers and ranchers. It can be used by those who are either thinking about farming or are actively engaged in a farming operation.

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"A vocation is more than a job. It implies an occupation as being particularly worthy and requiring great dedication. Farming is such a vocation. We hope these offerings are a beginning towards restoring agriculture as a foundational impulse for our own health and for the well being of our planet and our communities."

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"The Farm Beginnings Nebraska Program is an educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise.

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The Southern Illinois Farming Network provides small-scale growers, agricultural professionals, and individuals interested in small-scale farming support and training along with access to key agricultural resources.

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"Southern Illinois Farm Beginnings (SIFB) is a full-year program for anyone wanting to engage in sustainable, entrepreneurial farming.

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"The Farm Beginnings Collaborative is a national alliance of independent regional groups of farmers and farmer-training support organizations working together to promote Farm Beginnings, a farmer training model that is community based, rooted in sustainable principles, and farmer led." As of the summer of 2014, it is available in Illinois, SW In

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This loan program originates with the First Development Capital Fund (FDCF) a business unit of the North-South Institute.

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