New Farmers Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers Markets

A new guide written by Shelly G. Keller and Randii MacNear of the Davis Farmers Market addresses the need for training and marketing assistance, especially for beginning farmers. The guide covers nearly every aspect of selling at farmers markets and includes worksheets to help farmers evaluate prospective farmers markets and budget for the costs of selling at farmers markets.

USDA Announces Greater Flexibility for Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced a new rule that expands loan opportunities for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, while also establishing a new Land Contract Guarantee Program. The rule provides additional flexibility allowing FSA loan officers to consider all prior farming experience, including on-the-job training and formal education, when determining eligibility for FSA's farm operating and ownership loans.

Building a Future with Farmers: Challenges faced by young American farmers and a national strategy to help them succeed

A new survey by The National Young Farmer's Coalition of 1,000 farmers from across the United States reveals that access to capital, access to land, and health insurance are the largest challenges faced by young and beginning farmers. Farmers rated farm apprenticeships, local partnerships and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as the most valuable programs to help them succeed. Read the report and visit - a tool to assist farmers and creditors to understand the new food business landscape.