One of the most flourishing industries in the United States of America is farming. As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the nation is the largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. Therefore, the agricultural industry is critical to the economic success of this country, and that farming is just one of the contributors in the wide continuum of agriculture.
Because of this importance of farming, the government is offering several grants to the farmers so that not only the nation’s success but also their success is guaranteed.
Furthermore, the farming products tend to be quite seasonal in nature and their quantities actually depend upon many factors such as climate that the farmers cannot control. This uncertainty has made farming operations a costly affair. This is another reason why government grants are offered to the farmers. Below are some of the famous government grants for farmers.
Livestock Assistance Program
This one is the initiative of the Department of Agriculture for helping the livestock producers who face a lot of problems as well as monetary losses due to drought, plagues, storms, and other unforeseen events. This program aims at funding those livestock farmers whose gross revenue is less than $2.5 million per annum. It also helps those farmers who suffer a grazing loss of minimum 40%.
For eligibility, the farmers should be completely engaged in farming operations and must also be a United States citizen or resident. You can visit www.fsa.usda.gov for more information.
Farmers Market Promotion Program
This grant is being given by the Agricultural Marketing Service as well as the Department of Agriculture. Endorsed by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 as well as Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976, the program aims at boosting the domestic farmer markets, agricultural tourism activities, and community-based agriculture programs.
It ensures this by aiding the new farmers to set up their own soak via different consumer programs. For more information on this grant, you can visit ams.usda.gov and www.grants.gov.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Started by the Department of Agriculture as well as by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, this grant is certified by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. It aims at aiding the new farmers as well as ranchers with the help of many support programs such as those related to education, training, and technical support.
Overall, it aims at personally guiding the beginners to fulfill all their farming needs with regards to land acquisition, management training, financial management, business training, conserving resources, and more. However, funding for the construction of farming amenities is not offered. You can get more information on this grant on nifa.usda.gov.
Dairy Indemnity Program
Initiated by the Department of Agriculture, this grant offers financial help to the dairy producers who are forced to throw the spoiled dairy products but are not responsible for the same. However, this contamination must have occurred in last 24 months. For more information, you can visit fsa.usda.gov.
Emergency Conservation Program
Began by the Department of Agriculture, this grant aims to control damage to the cultivated lands from natural disasters and conserve water for making up for the drought-based damage. Any agricultural owner, sharecropper, or landlord is eligible for this funding. For more information, you can visit fsa.usda.gov.