Resources for Farmers

If you are a small production farmer wanting to learn more about issues that directly affect farmers, click here to print a copy of our Production Resource Guide, or click on the links to the organizations below.

Looking for local organizations that provide workshops for farmers?
Land Stewardship Project
MISA-Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
MOSES- Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
Sustainable Farming Association
University of Minnesota Agriculture Extension
WEI-Women's Environmental Instititute

Looking for organizations that provide production information for farmers?
ALBA- Agricultural and Land Based Association
Attra- National Sustainable Agricultural Information Services
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
New Farm

Looking for organizations that provide legal help for farmers?
Farmers’ Legal Action Group

Looking for marketing opportunities or information?
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Local Dirt
Minnesota Project
Renewing the Countryside

Looking for help finding and writing grants?
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

National organizations that work with Immigrant and Minority Farmers
Growing Food and Justice
National Immigrant Farming Initiative

Looking for Financial assistance and regulations?
Agstar Financial Services
Minnesota Department of Agriculture


How to install a row cover
The combination of weed mat and row cover help prevent moisture loss from soil and can protect crops from flying and soil borne insects.  Watch this short video to find out how to install a row cover on your crops.


Agriculture Census Information

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA’s support of local and regional food.  The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.

Hispanic and Women Farmers Discrimination Claims Process
The Obama Administration and USDA have been attempting to settle certain discrimination claims against the USDA Farm Service Agency arising out of allegations of discriminatory practices occurring between 1981 and 2000.  It is important that USDA make sure that women, Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans that believe they may have been discriminated against by USDA to be aware that they have an opportunity to file a claim.  In February of 2011 USDA began publicizing a claims resolution process to resolve some of these cases.  USDA believes that it is important that every farmer and rancher is treated equally and fairly.