A shortage of new farmers threatens the future of agriculture. And while there are people who want to farm, new generations of farmers must overcome significant barriers to start and succeed in farming. Traditional patterns of farm entry and farmer support are no longer adequate; farmers of all backgrounds are challenged to find the resources they need to get started in farming.
To help the beginning and retiring farmer the MDA offers the following services, resources and financial assistance to the beginning and transitioning farmer:
Minnesota Farm Link is a new program designed to help bring together beginning farmers who are looking for land, farmer operations or mentors; and retiring farmers and landowners who want to see their farm or farming operations continue. It also allows the user to search for land and livestock operations that are for sale or rent. Watch and read about Farm Link in the News.
Beginning and Transitioning Farmer Resources is a directory of programs and services offered by farm-related organizations in Minnesota, including services for all sizes and types of farming and farmers. Services range from assisting in finding land, finances, farm management planning, help, legal services, networking and mentoring.
MDA Grants, Loans & Financing The MDA offers many grant and loan programs to help farmers improve and expand their current operations. Whether you are in need of new equipment, changing your farm management practices or expanding your farm, the MDA is here to assist you in making the process a little easier. Grants are generally awarded to finance a particular activity or facility.
Beginning Farmer Financial Management Scholarships This scholarship program, offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), pays 50% of the cost for beginning farmers to enroll in Farm Business Management education.
Becky Balk, Beginning Farming Coordinator
Ag Marketing & Development Division