Last week Food Well Alliance took the mystery out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
We convened over 50 farmers and growers to gain knowledge on the resources available through the federal organization's 17 agencies.
Five USDA agents presented on everything from local procurement for small/mid-size farmers to microloans and farming insurance.
Here are some great resources provided from that night.
- Georgia Farm Service Agency District Directors (Click to download)
District Directors support the farmers in their specific region. Find out who is this District Director in you area for direct assistance with services.
- Urban Agriculture Tool Kit (Click to download)
This is a comprehensive guide for urban growers, which puts USDA in easy context for growing in urban spaces.
- Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (Click to download)
If you are a growers, how can you get your crops insured and if your crops are loss you can be covered for those crops.
- USDA Agency Overview (Click to download)
Learn more about USDA's 17 agencies.
- Farm Loans (Click to download)
A quick reference guide for microloans available through USDA.
Your Guide to Farm Loans Booklet (Click each link below to download)
- Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans
- Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
- Agricultural Conservation Experience Services Program
- Agricultural Management Assistance Program
- Conservation Innovation Grants
- Conservation Stewardship Program
- Environmental Quality Incentives Program
- Healthy Forests Reserve Program
- Regional Conservation Partnership Program
- Technical Service Providers
- Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
We are grateful for our guests speakers and the insight they brought to the room.
Rodney L. Brooks, Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator (USDA/FSA)
David Forbes, Program Specialist (USDA/FSA)
Valerie Pickard, District Conservationist (USDA/NRCS)
Samantha Benjamin-Kirk, Farm to School Regional Lead
Al Burns, Renewable Energy Coordinator (USDA/RD)