DFFS Business and Resoruce Management

There are numerous sources of information throughout the country that can support your small sustainable farm enterprise.

Highlighted here are a few of the most important ones that we have found on the web. These are good starting points since most of them have links to other sources where you might be able to find even more information. Visit our Acronyms and Definitions page for additional information.

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Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, out of Iowa State University, has a fantastic webpage with a lot of web resources for new farmers. There are numerous programs highlighted in their webpage on courses that new farmers can take. One interesting program they feature in the website is a project that links new farmers with retiring farmers. There are a variety of other programs that would be beneficial for a farmer just getting their feet wet. They also highlight grant opportunities for farmers that are starting out to become educated on farming practices. The content changes quite a bit so coming back to the page will give you new insights and ideas.

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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is a USDA supported organization that provides grants and education to advance innovation in agriculture. Indiana is part of the North Central SARE. These websites provide information on grants that have been provided to sustainable agriculture throughout the USA and specifically for the region where Indiana is located, North Central. There is also information on how producers might be able to get a grant for innovation. You can find a wealth of information in books, bulletins, and fact sheets on sustainable agriculture practices.

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Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, out of Iowa State University, has a fantastic webpage with a lot of web resources for new farmers. There are numerous programs highlighted in their webpage on courses that new farmers can take. One interesting program they feature in the website is a project that links new farmers with retiring farmers. There are a variety of other programs that would be beneficial for a farmer just getting their feet wet. They also highlight grant opportunities for farmers that are starting out to become educated on farming practices. The content changes quite a bit so coming back to the page will give you new insights and ideas.

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United States Department of Agriculture

The main website for the United States Department of Agriculture might seem a bit daunting to find anything useful for the first time farmer. However, it is a wealth of information if you know what you are looking for. The People’s Garden is an interesting portal that talks about gardening. There are recipes, gardening resources, photos, and other information on the project. The USDA website changes based on what programs are currently being funded, so if you are interested in knowing what is going on in the federal government when it comes to agriculture, this is a great place to go.

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Indiana AgrAbility

The Indiana AgrAbility Project serves farmers and other rural residents with disabilities through a collaborative effort between the USDA, the BNG Outreach Program, and several disability- and agriculture-related organizations, the Arthritis Foundation-Indiana Chapter, Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, Transition Resources Corporation, INDATA, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, the Veterans' Administration, and Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services.