Lending a Hand: Programs, Resources Help Support Young, Beginning Farmers

Aug 28, 2023

By Allison Jenkins

Accessing capital can be difficult for farmers in any stage of their careers, but it can be a major barrier to entry for young and beginning farmers. With nearly half of the United States’ farmland expected to change hands over the next two decades as aging farmers retire, legislators are recognizing the need to ensure those acres remain in agricultural production.

Addressing the needs of emerging farmers is among priorities in 2023 Farm Bill negotiations. Another legislative action is the recent Increasing Land Access, Security, and Opportunities Act, introduced in the U.S. House in June. The bill would authorize $100 million over 10 years, extending a 2022 USDA program that awarded grants to projects targeting underserved producers.

While the outcome of such pending legislation is yet to be seen, many other existing resources are available to support young and beginning farmers now.