Resources for Farmers

If you are a small production farmer wanting to learn more about issues that directly affect Farmers, these organizations will help you out:

Looking for Local Organizations that provide workshops for farmers?
Land Stewardship Project
MISA-Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
MOSES- Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
Sustainable Farming Association
University of Minnesota Agriculture Extension
WEI-Women's Environmental Instititute

Looking for organizations that provide production information for farmers?
ALBA- Agricultural and Land Based Association
Attra- National Sustainable Agricultural Information Services
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
New Farm

Looking for organizations that provide legal help for farmers?
Farmers’ Legal Action Group

Looking for marketing opportunities or information?
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Local Dirt
Minnesota Project
Renewing the Countryside

Looking for help finding and writing grants?
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

National organizations that work with Immigrant and Minority Farmers
Growing Food and Justice
National Immigrant Farming Initiative

Looking for Financial assistance and regulations?
Agstar Financial Services
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
USDA FSA
USDA NRCS
USDA APHIS
USDA RMA

Agriculture Census Information
USDA NASS

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
USDA - KYF
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA’s support of local and regional food.  The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.

Hispanic and Women Farmers Discrimination Claims Process
The Obama Administration and USDA have been attempting to settle certain discrimination claims against the USDA Farm Service Agency arising out of allegations of discriminatory practices occurring between 1981 and 2000.  It is important that USDA make sure that women, Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans that believe they may have been discriminated against by USDA to be aware that they have an opportunity to file a claim.  In February of 2011 USDA began publicizing a claims resolution process to resolve some of these cases.  USDA believes that it is important that every farmer and rancher is treated equally and fairly.