USDA is available around the clock and around the globe to support farmers and ranchers who are getting started and building agricultural businesses. USDA teams with new farmers and ranchers and strives to continually create more modern and accessible customer service, reaching customers in new ways.
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Find a USDA Service Center
USDA Service Centers are located across the country, throughout the communities they serve. These centers provide customers access to some of the most critical services offered by USDA—including financial assistance and conservation planning.
These local USDA offices can also connect you to local resources and organizations to help you achieve your goals.
Note: Some service centers may not offer all services. Contact the center before making the trip if you have any questions.
Recently Farm Service Agency launched a new pilot project called Bridges to Opportunity in 196 of our local offices, with plans to expand. Through Bridges, FSA has partnered with thousands of local, state, regional, and national agricultural organizations that offer programs, nongovernmental grants, technical assistance, financial advice, and other information vital to today’s farmers. We invite you to visit your local Service Center so we can not only point you to the right resources, but also leverage our partnerships to get you connected to where you need to go in your farming operation.
USDA's Census of Agriculture
It’s important to be counted! Please contact NASS Customer Service to ensure that you are counted in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This important survey helps drive farm policy and investment in the field of agriculture.
Connect with Cooperative Extension
USDA and agricultural colleges around the country work together to support an extensive network of state, regional, and county Cooperative Extension offices that can help answer questions from new farmers and ranchers about their operations and address common issues they face. These offices translate the knowledge gained from research into education programs that help provide solutions to challenges people in agriculture face and conduct workshops and educational events for the agricultural community.
SCORE provides free business mentoring and coaching to small business owners. You can work one-on-one with a volunteer mentor to explore aspects of running a farm or ranch—including developing your business plan, preparing to navigate legal and financial preparations in getting started, identifying new markets, and developing growth strategies.
Small Business Administration
SBA makes available a wealth of information about starting, managing, and transitioning a business. Explore to find information and guidance that will help you manage and grow your business effectively.
Opportunities to Lead and Engage
The election of responsible agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers. Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level and work to help FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
You can also be a voice for your industry and shape the future of agriculture by serving on a Research and Promotion Program Board. These programs, which are overseen by the Agricultural Marketing Service, focus on research, marketing, and consumer outreach efforts that improve, maintain, and develop opportunities for agricultural commodities. Funded by industry assessments, the programs allow stakeholders across an industry to pool their expertise and resources. Research and Promotion programs are run by a board or council whose members are nominated by the industry and then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. There are 22 national Research and Promotion programs serving a variety of commodity industries, from eggs to soybeans, lumber to lamb.
USDA has a number of Federal Advisory Committees and Boards that advise on a variety of issues ranging from emerging markets to animal health. These committees play an important role in shaping programs and policies of the government and the Department. USDA is continuously seeking nominations for all advisory committees. Opportunities to serve are routinely available as the term of each member expires.
Ask the Expert
USDA maintains an online knowledgebase of "frequently asked questions" at the Ask the Expert link on the USDA home page. You can also use the tool to pose new questions to be routed to the appropriate USDA agency for response.
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