New to farming

Resources for people who are new to farming.

This publication details the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program's purpose in providing crop loss assistance to producers for crops not eligible for crop insurance.

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This publication explains the complex and unique mixture of private contracts and government regulations that make up the Individual Crop Insurance system.

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The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) can be used to restore farmland damaged by wind and water erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters, as well as water conservation and enhancement measures during periods of severe drought.

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This article descibes the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) which provides cash payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of the normal mortality due to adverse weather.

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"This tip sheet provides a brief overview of some important farm income tax issues and offers resources where beginning farmers can find the answers to their general questions. To learn more, contact a tax professional, especially one who has experience working with farmers."

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THis document explains the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP).  Through LFP, the Farm Service Agency provides cash payments to eligible  producers who suffered grazing losses for eligible livestock because of drought or fire on Federally managed land. 

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A presentation that covers legal aspects of leasing farm land in Minnesota.

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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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