In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), the second CRAFT program in the U.S. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers.
The project will expand the nation's first agricultural Individual Development Account (IDA) pilot programs to 8 states in order to assist beginning farmers in building an asset base for land purchases and capital expenditures.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson has announced the recipients of the state’s second round of Livestock Investment Grants. Fifty producers were selected to share $1 million in grants aimed at boosting the state’s livestock sector.
The Aggie Bond Loan Program is a federal bonding program administered by the State through its Rural Finance Authority. The program offers affordable financing for a qualified beginning farmer. This is accomplished by securing for the applicant a reduced interest rate on the loan they are submitting for approval under the program.