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According to USDA statistics, half of all current farmers in the U.S. are likely to retire in the next decade. Enlisting and supporting new farmers is essential to the future of family farms, the farm economy and healthy rural communities. Who will these new farmers be? From new farmer focus groups and requests for information, we know that they come from all backgrounds, are in all stages of development, and bring a wide range of talents and resources to their new enterprises. Resources in this section will help you identify programs, services, and resources for new and beginning farmers.
Maryland Small Business Development Center Network Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (MDSBDC) Network has provided sound advice, counseling, and support to entrepreneurs and small to mid-size businesses across the state.
USDA Small Farm Funding Resource
Small Business Administration Small Business Planner
Farm Beginnings is a Land Stewardship Project initiative that provides opportunities for beginning and transitioning farmers to learn firsthand about values clarification and goal setting, whole farm planning, business plan development, and low-cost, sustainable farming methods.
Growing New Farmers (GNF) is a support network for Northeast new farmers. As members of the GNF Service Provider Consortium, almost 200 organizations and agencies provide consultation and support for new or next generation farmers.
Farm Credit System Institutions make over $9 billion available to beginning farmers.
North Carolina Farm Transition Network is a website filled with resources to help you transition your legacy to the next generation.
Penn State's PA Food Ventures: Food For Profit Series - Fact sheets you should read before starting a new food business in Pennsylvania.
Penn State University’s Ag Marketing Program. Site features material for new and beginning farmers that was created by the North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability project partners: Practical Farmers of Iowa, Food Circles Networking Project Center for Rural Affairs, and the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.
Beginning Farmer Financing Programs: a resource list provided by the Center for Rural Affairs; Lyons, NE.
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.
For more information about this website, please contact Ellen Green