Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans Turn to Farming as a Career

Last year we conducted a series of workshops for Armed Services veterans who want to farm. Boy did we learn a lot!

Nearly half the veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars hailed from rural towns, and many now want to farm. A range of training and educational programs is becoming available around the country for these prospective farmers.

Land Link Sneak Peek

Working Small Dairy in Southeast Nebraska Seeks Successor: A Grade A dairy farm with 364 acres, a parlor and milk house, and various other outbuildings seeks a successor for the operation. The owners prefer to start with a full-time paid position to ensure a good fit for both parties. They would then sell the dairy to the employee. No on-farm housing is available at this time.

Wanted: Aspiring & Beginning Women Farmers

Center for Rural Affairs and Women, Food, and Agriculture Network seek passionate, driven, committed women farmers for activities to cultivate thriving farm businesses. Aspiring and beginning women farmers in Nebraska have an opportunity to become successful farmers and business owners.

Exciting opportunities are available:

Small Loans, Big Help for Beginning Farmers

Small farmers, especially minority, socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers and ranchers often have trouble qualifying for small loans from banks or other lenders. But now, thanks to a new USDA loan program, beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply for micro-loans of up to $35,000, designed to help bolster family-run farms and ranches and help disadvantaged individuals and military veterans seeking to start a farm or ranch.

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