Grants for Agriculture Business

It is an inescapable fact that all of humanity ultimately depends on agriculture to survive. All civilizations around the world developed from an agricultural way of life before emerging as industrialized nations, and even as their economy evolved to become technology centered, agriculture still remained as the foundation of their economic success. They still have to feed their citizens and having grants for agriculture business helps them to stay ahead of other countries which rely on foreign food supply and cannot give their country enough food security. The United States government has seen to it that such grants are available to help farmer-entrepreneurs and community developers, for-profit and non-profit public and private organizations around the country in their efforts to develop strategies and programs to diversify our agricultural production and sustainable land management.

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR)

This program awards grants to reach out, train and provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged eligible beneficiaries as defined in the grant policies. It aims to give assurance to these farmers and ranchers that they will be given opportunities that will help them to acquire farms and ranches, own and operate them successfully. This program provides support for farm management, including financial management and marketing assistance. You can get more information about this program from its page in the OASDFR website or by calling the National Program Leader, Competitive Programs telephone number: 202-401-2138.

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Individual Development Account (BFRIDA)

This program is aimed at providing financial assistance and training to beginning farmers and ranchers who have limited financial resources to fund their agricultural business. Recognized tribes, non-profit organizations, or local state government are eligible to apply. Up to $250,000 can be awarded to qualified applicants. You can obtain more information about this program by calling the Direct Loan Branch Chief, Farm Service Agency, telephone number: (202) 720 1472 or visit BFRIDA webpage.

Small Farm Program

This program is administered by the US Department of Agriculture through the office of Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. The goal of this program is to develop the economic capability of small farm and ranch businesses, and promote outreach, extension and research programs. You can get more information about grants for agricultural business by visiting this Small Farm Program webpage or through the following address:

National Program Leader for Small Farms
USDA-NIFA, Economic & Community Systems
800 9th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250
Telephone: (202) 401-4385
Fax: 202-690-3162

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