Farmers and ranchers selling into local and regional food systems have unique needs - from seeds and breeds and production systems to on-farm risk management and food safety activities. USDA has a variety of tools to help food producers grow and raise products for local and regional markets. Below, you will find resources to assist with all aspects of local food production, including resources to get started as a new farmer.
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Start to Farm:
- USDA New Farmers Initiative - Get connected and get started in agriculture!
- FarmAnswers.org - Provides resources to help you get started farming, as well as tools to help more seasoned producers succeed.
- USDA Urban Agriculture Initiative - Check out the latest movement to challenge traditional farming.
Land Conservation and Food Production:
- USDA Agroforestry - Blend agriculture and forestry to enhance productivity, profitability, and environmental stewardship
- Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) - Sustainable food systems and practices from USDA's National Agricultural Library
- Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) - Information for farmers and other rural users on a variety of sustainable agricultural practices
- USDA Organic Portal - Information on organic practices
- USDA Organic Resource Guide - USDA programs that serve organic agriculture
- Sustainable Ag Research and Education (SARE) Learning Center - Practical publications for farmers and ag professionals
- See Maps and Directories
- See Food Safety Section
- See Resources for Veterans
- See Resources for Tribal Governments and Individual American Indians and Alaska Natives Section
- See Resources and Reports