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An increasing number of grant programs are available to farmers from federal or state sources each with specific objectives.  Grants fall into the three general types:  1) grants for business planning, adding value and increasing farm viability; 2) grants for on-farm research and demonstration projects that are mostly production oriented though some include marketing demonstration projects; and 3) grants for farm energy conservation, alternative energy, environmental protection/conservation and waste management. [Learn more]


If you reach the stage where you’re ready for a loan, you will need to present potential investors or lenders with a solid business plan that exhibits a realistic strategy for paying it off. Here are a few loan options:  [Learn More]

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Grants

Are you a farmer, educator, researcher, or community member with an idea you’d like to test?  Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.   [Learn More]

Your Guide to Farm Service Agency Farm Loans

The guide, which provides information about FSA’s farm loans and loan servicing options, is designed for people who need assistance starting, expanding, transitioning or improving a farm or ranch. A list of additional resources is also included. The guide is available at:

Food Hub Funding Guide

The office of U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York has released a 43-page publication titled A Guide to Funding Opportunities and Incentives for Food Hubs and Food Systems. The guidebook details information on grants, loans, and tax credits from numerous federal agencies. Download the guide at

Barnraiser: Crowdsourcing for Agricultural Projects

So you want to build the hoophouse of your dreams or start a teaching garden but lack the funds? The new site Barnraiser aims to help agriculture projects get off the ground through crowdsourcing. Barnraiser, which hopes to be the Kickstarter of the local and sustainable foods movement, launches September 9, 2014. It is both a platform for funding food-system related projects as well as a community for sharing news and connecting people who care about such issues. Visit the page at

Kiva Zip: Innovations in Person-to-Person Lending

Kiva Zip is a small project through which lenders make microfinance loans directly to borrowers in the U.S. via the Internet. It aims to expand financial opportunities and access for borrowers who otherwise lack them, reduce the cost of capital for borrowers who need it, and enhance the connectedness between lenders and borrowers. For more information on both borrowing and lending, visit the Kiva Zip website at

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