Help is Just A Phone Call Away

Farmers and ranchers across the country who are wondering if there are any farm bill programs available to aid in their operation, assistance is just a phone call or email away.
The 2008 Farm Bill included many new programs that farmers and ranchers, especially beginners, should consider tapping into. The Center for Rural Affairs' Farm Bill Helpline offers assistance from a real person who is knowledgeable about these programs and the rules that govern farmers and ranchers access to them.

Assistance is available for the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, the Value Added Agricultural Market Development Program and a host of Beginning Farmer and Rancher provisions.

In the last several weeks, we have fielded numerous phone calls and emails.

A farmer from Idaho wasn't sure if the EQIP program was for her, so she contacted our Helpline. We answered her questions and provided resources so she understood what parts of the program fit her farm.

Another farmer from Iowa called us wondering if there were any programs that could help him convert his farm from conventional production to organic. We provided him with information he needed to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative. He successfully applied and will receive a contract through the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help him convert to organic production.

You might be eligible too. Call (402) 687-2100 and ask for the Farm Bill Helpline. Or you can send an email to tracib@cfra.org or visit www.cfra.org.

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