Other Resources

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

FSA Farm Loan Program

FSA Crop Insurance


Rural Development



Natural Resources

Conserv. Service (NRCS)


NRCS: Conserv. Planning & Financial Assist. Program

NRCS: Conservation Technical Assistance Program

NRCS: Environmental Quality Insurance Programs (EQIP)



Other Resources

Other Resources

Awareness about USDA agencies and programs is a critical first step, however we know that awareness alone is not enough! That’s why we’ve gathered a collection of resources that are out there to help you figure out which programs are best for you, as well as developed step-by-step guides to walk you through different processes with different agencies.  


USDA New Farmers Resource Hub: https://newfarmers.usda.gov/

USDA has developed a comprehensive website for new farmers that hosts information on how to get started. There is even a personalized Discovery Tool that will help guide you as you begin to make your plan!


USDA Program Guides:

To help you through the process of accessing USDA programs that can help your farm business succeed, the MIFFS team has created step-by-step guides. You can find information about USDA agencies, programs, and instructions and talking points for getting the most out of the services available to you.

  • MIFFS “FSA Registration Guide”

  • MIFFS “Insider’s Guide to NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program: Lessons Learned from Michigan Farmers”

  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and Farm Service Agency “A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs”

  •  USDA 101: Farm Number Registration (Recorded for vets-in ag) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwTbWS0pHyk&feature=youtu.be


USDA blogs: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog

Additional FSA Programs:

Additional Natural Resources Conservation Services:

  • NRCS Conservation planning and Financial Assistance Programs.

  • Conservation Technical Assistance Program

  • Environmental Quality Insurance Program (EQIP)


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