Farm and Food

Resources, ideas and strategies for new and diversifying farmers and those interested in the comeback of the family farm

Whether your family has been farming or ranching for generations or you're just beginning a farm career, the Center for Rural Affairs has resources to help you grow a successful farm business.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunities

New farmers and ranchers have unique needs. The Center for Rural Affairs offers resources and support to help beginning farmers and ranchers start successful farm careers.
 
Land Matching - Farm transfers between retiring farmers and a new generation of beginners are a great way to preserve family farms and help beginners break into farming and ranching.

Veteran Farmers Project

In the last 10 years, almost a million of our military’s servicemen and servicewomen have come from rural communities. As these veterans return home, they bring with them an opportunity to employ their passion, discipline, and sense of service to revitalize America’s small farms and rural communities. Learn more about our training and support programs for veteran farmers.

Women Farmers

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to help aspiring and beginning women farmers turn their farming dreams into reality through training and mentorships with established women farmers. Learn more about upcoming opportunities for women farmers.

Farm Finances

Farms are businesses, and as with any business, sound financial planning is crucial to success. Considering your farm finances is especially important for beginners getting started and for landowners considering farm transfers.

High Value Markets

One key to having a viable small-scale farm is producing a high-value product. Customers will pay more for non-generic, non-commodity products that make are unique to your farm. These products return a higher profit to your farm business. 

Additional Farming Programs and Resources

Learn about additional resources available to help your farm grow and thrive.

Farm and Food Notes

 

Saluting Service: A Guide to Lending and Farm Program Resources for Veterans

With the average age of a farmer at nearly 60 years, and millions of acres expected to change hands over the next few years, many Americans are thinking about who the next generation of producers will be.

Investment in the next generation of producers is garnering attention with key congressional leaders who participate in the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and the Secretary of Agriculture. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill, included many program changes that were targeted to improve access to farm programs for beginning, socially-disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers. Despite these policy advances, many producers face barriers that impede their ability to start or maintain successful farming operations.

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Produce Seasonality, Crop Extension, and Storage Resource Guide for Nebraska

When are local foods available to add to school menus?

Center for Rural Affairs partnered with Nebraska Department of Education - Nutrition Services, Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, Midwest Dairy, and Nebraska Beef Council to create a year-round Farm to School program, Nebraska Thursdays.

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Crop insurance supports on-farm diversity

Farmers and ranchers have one thing in common: the need to manage risk, from weather, markets, or other forces. 

Crop insurance can be a useful tool for farmers and ranchers in managing risk. But, while crop insurance is readily available for major crops like corn and soybeans, many farmers and ranchers could benefit from learning about risk management options for more niche crops.

Determinación en Nebraska - Familias Latinas con la ayuda del Centro vadean recursos de inundación

Antes de las inundaciones de la primavera en Fremont, Nebraska, la pequeña empresa agrícola de Hilda Moreno estaba prosperando.

Su hijo mayor Carlos es dueño de un negocio próspero de huevos, y tiene una lista de clientes en espera para sus huevos orgánicos. Sus planes es de añadir pollos de engorde a su negocio de huevos.  Carlos siempre está analizando maneras de ampliar y desarrollar su negocio,como la venta de huevos de ganso y patos.