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Grant Funding Options for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

May 4, 2022
Calling all beginning farmers and ranchers! Take your operation’s profitability to the next level with federal grant funding like EQIP, REAP and VAPG.

Should I apply for the USDA’s Partnership of Climate-Smart Commodities program?

May 3, 2022
We looked into the USDA's new Climate-Smart Commodities program so you don't have to. It's a 2022 initiative to encourage non-UDSA entities to contribute in the fight against...

How Can I Get Funding for Solar Panels on my Farm?

March 1, 2022
Did you know that you can use USDA farm grants to fund solar power initiatives on your farm or ranch? Solar panels can increase your operation’s profitability. One government grant for solar panels on farms is called the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Unpacking the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

February 26, 2022
Many farmers message our team asking about the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG), a grant that awards funding for projects that “add value” to a farm operation. To answer your questions, we spoke with USDA Rural Development professionals and an expert grant writer to get their perspective on this opportunity.

When are EQIP Applications Due in 2022?

February 25, 2022
Find out when to submit your 2022 EQIP application

Introducing VAPG Assist: apply for the $50K VAPG Grant

February 14, 2022
Announcing VAPG Assist — powered by real humans — to help you navigate the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) and submit a VAPG application with confidence and clarity.

Funding to Help US Meat Producers

January 4, 2022
Learn about some key funding programs available to help US meat producers

A farm number, what is it and why is it important?

December 16, 2021
Learn about FSA Farm Numbers, why you need one, and how you can get one

Grant programs when fertilizer costs are high

November 9, 2021
In this post, we outline some measures farmers can take to help offset rising fertilizer prices

Intro to Carbon Markets: Carbon Markets 101

October 14, 2021
By putting a price on carbon, carbon markets can lead to earnings for farmers, while simultaneously providing a cost-efficient system to limit climate change. And, then it gets complicated! We’ve worked to identify who does what, which marketplace is right for your operation, and to answer questions farmers commonly ask.

SARE grants for your farm

September 17, 2021
SARE is the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Serving farmers across the United States and outlying islands, SARE provides farm grants for research and education projects.

The world of farm grants: 3 common myths and why they’re wrong

September 9, 2021
Navigating farm grants can be time-consuming. Fortunately, our team at FarmRaise breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand. We’ve helped thousands of farmers identify funding for their farms, learning a lot along the way. Here we explore 3 of the most common “myths” we hear farmers perpetuate about grant funding, and reveal the truth.

How to Maximize Your Tax Refund if You Got an EQIP Grant

July 31, 2021
Farmers who get Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grants may be wondering about the tax implications for this funding. Our Farmer Success team dug into the details and found that EQIP recipients -especially those receiving large grants – may fail to adequately account for these grants on their tax returns and as a result, miss out on thousands of dollars in income tax savings.

Three Reasons Why Every Farmer Should Consider Cost-Share

June 9, 2021
Most farmers have heard of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, for short. This is the USDA’s flagship cost-share program that pays for on-farm infrastructure upgrades and better farm management practices, including new fencing and water systems, cover crops, improved nutrient management, wildlife buffers, and precision irrigation.

Historically underserved producers – what does it mean?

June 4, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) often talks about special programs available to “historically underserved” farmers and ranchers. However, it’s not immediately clear what the USDA means by this classification. We break it down for you here.

What’s up with the CRP?

May 25, 2021
Are you a farmer working a portion of land that’s tough to farm? Maybe it’s on a steep hillside or it’s extra wet or it’s challenging to physically navigate. Perhaps you’ve asked yourself “I wonder if there’s a better way to manage this part of my land in a way that builds my farm’s profitability?” Enter the Conservation Reserve Program.

Your 2-minute briefing on USDA Farm Loans

May 25, 2021
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) lends billions of dollars to farmers every year. And they do this at attractively low interest rates – the current cost of a direct ownership loan is 2.8% and a direct operating loans comes in at 1.4%. Those are nice rates.

Tips on securing funding for a new farm

May 21, 2021
Despite a plethora of resources oriented at beginning farmers, there remains a significant gap in funding for new farms in the United States. It’s not easy to find grants or even loans to support a new farming endeavor. We offer some perspective here about why that’s the case, and how you can think about your funding journey as you start your farm.

How to get a farm ownership loan with no down payment

May 11, 2021
New farmers need access to land if they want to scale up their own operations. Owning the land is one of the best ways that a farmer can build wealth, but land prices can be prohibitively expensive for farmers. Many farmers ask: “How can I get a farm ownership loan if I can’t afford the downpayment?”

Is regenerative agriculture more profitable?

April 30, 2021
Investing in soil health is good for the land, but do farmers get economic benefits, too? When my family transitioned our livestock operation to holistic grazing practices, we were surprised.

5 Considerations for On-Farm Energy Grants and Loans from USDA

April 20, 2021
Your farm produces the resources that fuel society, but how do you fuel your farm? Many farmers are interested in implementing energy efficiency or renewable energy projects on the farm. For these farmers, we recommend looking at the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This opportunity provides USDA loans and grants to farmers and small rural business owners. The funds must be used to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.

Are you eligible for USDA Farm Loans?

April 20, 2021
Farm Service Agency loans through the USDA have some of the lowest interest rates out there, and farmers are paying attention. These loans can cover operational needs (inputs, machinery), land ownership (buying farmland), and conservation (promoting soil health or clean water).

Farm grants: is it too late to apply for the VAPG?

April 20, 2021
We’ve heard from so many producers in the FarmRaise community this month with the same question: can I still apply to the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)? Given the Value Added Producer Grant deadline extension to May 4th, 2021, should producers consider applying in 2021?

The Top 5 Carbon Credit Companies

March 26, 2021
The carbon credit marketplace is heating up but clear information on the key players and their relative benefits is sparse and convoluted. As many of you have likely learned – Google searches won’t get you very far here.

EQIP: Funding for Farm Conservation

February 25, 2021
EQIP is a farm funding program that enables producers to adopt conservation on the farm. It’s a national program that’s administered at the state level. Over one billion dollars are devoted to the program annually, with the average farmer or rancher netting $30,000 from an annual EQIP contract.

Unlock Federal Grant Funding for Your Farm

February 24, 2021
A high-level overview of how federal grant funding works in the US and how you can unlock funding for your farming operation

3 Ideas for Grant-Funded Farm Projects

February 24, 2021
Many producers ask our team what types of projects can be funded by various government grant programs. The short answer is that there are tons of project ideas that are competitive for federal grant funding. We wrote this quick guide to explore just a few options, bucketed across three areas below.

How to Get Funding for Cover Crops on Your Farm

February 4, 2021
Here are four resources we recommend to secure funding for cover crop seed and equipment:

3 Funding Tips for Veteran Farmers

October 1, 2020
To those veteran farmers out there looking to start or level-up your farming operation, here are 3 key farm funding tips.

Surviving 2020: A Farmer's Guide

June 1, 2020
The deadly COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the U.S. agriculture system with labor shortages, supply chain breaks, and fluctuating prices. At FarmRaise, we help growers invest in their core assets: infrastructure, soil, water and energy systems, but COVID-19 has expanded our scope to address farmers’ immediate financial needs.
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