Farm Financing

Federal – USDA Small Farm Funding Guide

USDA Small Farm Funding Guide from the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. This guide contains information about issues to consider before starting a farming operation. Find links to full-text guides on how to start a small farm business and develop business and marketing plans.  Identify information about funding programs for beginning and experienced farmers, technical assistance…

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Local – Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) – IDAs are matched savings accounts available for lower income individuals and small business owners to assist with equipment purchases, working capital and more. Many IDAs feature a 3:1 match for up to $12,000 in savings, and some non-profits make IDAs available for food and farm businesses. Individuals can apply through…

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Conservation Reserve Program – Rental payments for managing environmentally sensitive land.

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a USDA Farm Service Agency program which provides rental payments to farmers to manage environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Sign-ups occur annually.

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Local – AgWest Farm Credit

 specifically aimed at assisting young and beginning farmers. AgWest Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative with more than a century of experience serving farmers, ranchers, timber harvesters, and aquatic producers throughout the West.

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Local – Business Oregon Loan Programs

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USDA’s Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers

USDA’s Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers page provides info on federal grants and loans available for smaller producers.

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State – Oregon Department of Agriculture: Grants, Loans and Technical Assistance

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a Grants, Loans and Technical Assistance page that identifies some resources available to Oregon producers. It is important to know that grants are rarely available to start a farm or a business, loans are your best bet. Before you explore getting a loan, we strongly recommend that you develop a…

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Overview of Farm Bill Programs & Grants

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has produced an overview of Farm Bill programs and grant opportunities.

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Rodale Institute’s guide to funding organic farms

The Rodale Institute offers information on a wide range of grants to directly support certified organic farms and farmers transitioning to organic. The Institute also offers micro-grants for small-scale BIPOC farmers.

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