The Small Farm Program at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES), an agency within the U.S. Department of
Agriculture is committed to meeting the needs of the small farm community.
The goal of the CSREES small farm program is to improve the income levels,
and the economic viability of the small farm enterprises through
partnerships with the land grant system, public and private sectors by
encouraging research, extension, and education programs that meet the
specific needs of small farmers.
Small Farm Toll-free Number: 1-800-583-3071
This toll-free has been established by the Plant and Animal Systems
Division of USDA-CSREES to give small farmers a much easier access and
quicker response time to their questions or information inquiries on small
farm issues. There is no cost involved with calling this line.
Electronic Mail Access: email@example.com
The Small Farm mailing group (firstname.lastname@example.org) was established in
1995 under USDA-CSREES-Plant and Animal Production, Protection and
Processing Division. This medium is used in exchanging small farm related
information, request ideas, share success stories, send in activities'
calendar of events, publications, and a whole lot more. Anyone with
interests in small farm activities is welcome to subscribe.
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Nine major issue areas were identified at the National Small Farm
Conference that was held in Nashville, Tennessee in September, 1996. These
areas are: Research and Extension Priorities, Program Impacts and
Accountability, Technology Transfer, Environmental Issues, Program
Delivery, Marketing Strategies, Economic Opportunities, Social Issues and
Small Farm Policy. In an effort to build a strong National Small Farm
Program for USDA-CSREES and the land grant system, sub-committees
consisting of the public and private sectors including farmers and
non-governmental organizations are being formed to address the outlined
issues in their entirety, and develop recommendations for the System.
The Small Scale Agriculture Today's newsletter has been merged with the
Small and Part Time Farms' newsletter, to an entirely new stand-alone
newsletter that will serve the readership needs of the land grant
universities, public and private sectors, including the small farm
communities nationwide (current readership is 25,000).
Call toll free: 1-800-583-3071 to subscribe to the small farm digest or
Small Farm Digest, Stop 2220, USDA-CSREES, 868 Aerospace Center, 901 D
Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250; Fax: 202-401-5179
The series of publications "Getting Started in Farming" can be obtained
upon request. The series are:
Getting Started in Farming; Mostly On Your Own; Part-Time or Small Farms;
So You Have Inherited A Farm; Via The Home Farm; Small is Bountiful;
Getting Started in Farming On A Small Scale (USDA Publication); Overview
of Small Farm Programs at the Land Grant Colleges and Universities;
Directory of State Extension Small Farm Contacts; Small Farm Digest, a
quarterly publication; Proceedings of the National Small Farm Conference
(1996); Getting Help for Your Small Farm from USDA; Brochure on Small
Aquaculture, asparagus, beekeeping, blueberries, brambles, American
Ginseng, specialty corn, angora goats, cashmere goats, dairy and meat
goats, specialty flowers, foliage plants, earthworm production, exotic
fruits, herbs, exotic livestock, mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, specialty
mushrooms, northern nuts, organic farming, peppers, specialty potatoes,
poultry, pumpkins, sheep, strawberries, specialty vegetables, wildflowers,
To obtain any of the listed items, write to the:
Small Farm Program, USDA-CSREES, Plant and Animal Systems, Stop 2220, 901
D Street, S.W, 868 Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250; Toll free:
1-800-583-3071; Fax: 202-401-5179
On Thu, 18 Dec 1997, Sean McGovern wrote:
> Dear SANET Friends:
> I have an OEFFA member who is interested in finding an index or sources of
> assistance for begininning farmers. Does anyone out there know of any
> federal programs or foundations that offer farm start up funds or resources
> for qualified startup operations?
> Thanks so much for all your help.
> Sean McGovern
> Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
> PO Box 82234 Columbus Ohio 43202
> (ph) 614/294-3663
> (fx) 614/291-3276
> For Organic Certification services in Ohio, call OEFFA Certification
> Coordinator, Sylvia Upp at 419/853-4060
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