The USDA on Monday rolled out a new website tailored to providing resources and information about beginning farmer and rancher programs offered by the agency.
U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced availability of the website, www.usda.gov/newfarmers, which she stressed would help new farmers find needed resources. In addition to the website, Harden announced financial benefits for new ranchers, like waiving selected USDA program fees.
The financial measures are part of changes prescribed in the 2014 Farm Bill.
"New and beginning farmers are the future of American agriculture," Harden said in a press statement. "The new policies announced today will help give beginning farmers the financial security they need to succeed. Our new online tool will provide one-stop shopping for beginning farmers to learn more about accessing USDA services that can help their operations thrive."
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USDA's New Farmers website has in depth information for new farmers and ranchers, including how to increase access to land and capital; build new market opportunities; participate in conservation opportunities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education, and technical support programs. New farmers have identified these areas as priority issues, USDA says.
The website will also feature instructive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully utilized USDA resources to start or expand their business operations.