Beginning Farmer & Rancher News

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.

Amazing Opportunity for Livestock Enthusiasts Awaits

An established direct-market meat operation is seeking renters in Oregon’s Central Willamette Valley.

Rainshadow El Rancho is a 120-acre ranch raising and selling bison, pork, and poultry directly to consumers. The operation includes a USDA-approved poultry processing plant used to process the ranch’s birds and birds for other producers. 

Two large barns are included on the property. Livestock handling corrals include a squeeze chute. And an established small orchard and room for a large garden cap off the ranch.

Land Link Sneak Peek

Goat herd in MontanaAspiring Goat Farmers Seek Opportunity: A young couple would love an opportunity to develop their own goat operation. They’re loaded with experience – wrangling, horse training, organic vegetable production, and goat ranching.

Diverse Generation Grows the Field of Agriculture

The New York Times reported on the growing trend of college graduates entering agriculture. They noted the diverse backgrounds and majors of this new generation of agriculture.

One such example was Abe Bobman, 24. He studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut before coming into farming.

Census numbers have charted a decline in the number of farms for decades. However, the latest Agricultural Census in 2007 noted a 4 percent increase. The Times observes this is the first such increase since 1920.

One Stop Shop for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Beginning farmers and ranchers are quickly disappearing from rural communities. Although plenty of men and women desire to farm and ranch, it can be difficult to get started these days.

And almost as difficult, is finding where to go for help. The Nebraska Beginning Farmer Network has answers.

Beginning farmers now have a one-stop-shop for information on tax credit programs, land matching, beginning farmer loans, sustainable practices, conservation programs, legal resources and transition planning.


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