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Small & Limited and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and services. Enhancements include streamlined delivery of technical and financial assistance; improved programs and services; and flexibility in decision making (with most decisions made at the Tribal, state, or local level).

Definitions, Outreach and Advocacy Resources

Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher Self Determination Tool - click on "Determination Tools" on left side bar.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Grant

Minority Farm Register for information and assistance to minority farmers and ranchers