Tuesday, March 13

USDA Announces START2FARM.GOV to Assist Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Baton Rouge, LA – The USDA Announced Start2farm to Support America's Future Farming Generations, in Washington, February 16. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USDA's National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation, announced Start2farm.gov, a new online portal that helps to provide assistance for beginning farmers and ranchers. The portal includes links to training, financing, technical assistance and other support services specifically for beginning farmers and ranchers as well as successful case studies about new and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Most beginning farmers and ranchers experience shared challenges in getting started. The two most common and important challenges faced by beginning farmers are (1) having the market opportunity to buy or rent suitable land and (2) having capital to acquire land of a large enough scale to be profitable.

Start2farm.gov provides information about USDA programs of particular assistance to beginning farmers.

Visit http://www.start2farm.gov/ for more information.

Contact: USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-4623

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