Farm Service Agency Toolkit

The Farmer Veteran Coalition Announces its Farm Service Agency Toolkit

The Farmer Veteran Coalition announces its Farm Service Agency Toolkit with more than twenty listings of current Farm Service Agency resources. Find helpful information about the latest funding opportunities, veteran resources, and farm emergency management tools all in one place. Quickly locate your FSA office, Drought Monitoring, and frequently used FSA Forms.

Farm Service Agency Webinars

Watch a previously recorded Brown Bag Lunch Webinars with Farm Service Agency input and guidance on our YouTube Channel.

Farm Service Agency Toolkit

Farm Service Agency Loan Tool

Check your eligibility for FSA loans, discover the various FSA loan products, learn about documentation requirements, and follow easy to understand instructions when completing the loan application forms.

Locate Your Local Farm Service Agency Office:

Find your local and state FSA office

Beginning Farmer and Ranchers:

Are you new to farming or ranching? USDA can help you get started or grow your farming operation through a variety of programs and services.

Common FSA Forms:

Participation in FSA programs often requires paperwork. Save time by having a Farm Number and Common Forms already on file. You can find all Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Risk Management Agency (RMA) forms on USDA’s eForms database.

Crop Acreage Reporting:

Crop acreage reports filed with the USDA document the crops grown on your farm or ranch and their intended uses. Acreage reports are required for some USDA programs.

Dairy Margin Coverage Program (DMC):

The new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program replaced a similar program back in 2018.  DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount.

Direct Farm Operating Loan:

This program can help farmers improve profitability to reorganize a farm, purchase equipment, refinance debt, and even purchase livestock.

Disaster Assistance Funding:

A variety of programs to help farmers and ranchers who’ve been impacted by natural disasters.

Disaster Discovery Tool:

Quickly determin which disaster program might be the best fit for your operation.

Drought Monitor Map:

Current US drought monitoring map.

Emergency Relief Programs:

The Emergency Relief Program (ERP) Phase 2 is a revenue-based program that relies on tax and financial records to help with losses a farmer experienced because of a natural disaster in 2020 or 2021.

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish:

ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of honeybees, livestock, and farm-raised fish. It covers losses due to adverse weather or other loss conditions including blizzards, disease, flood, water transport, and wildfires.

Emergency Conservation Program:

ECP helps farmers and ranchers repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought.

Emergency Haying and Grazing Program:

Livestock farmers and ranchers who have experienced drought or excessive moisture may qualify. Program specifics vary by county.

Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP):

ELRP may provide payments to producers who faced increased supplemental feed costs as a result of forage losses due to a qualifying drought or wildfire.

Farm Loan Program:

The FSA has a series of loan programs including a Guaranteed Farm loan program. This program helps farmers and ranchers obtain loans from USDA-approved commercial lenders at reasonable terms to buy farmland or finance agricultural production.

Farm Ownership Loan:

A Program designed to help farmers and ranchers purchase a farm, enlarge current operations, help with farm productivity, or help with land tenure to save farming operations.

Farm Service Agency Loan Guide:

A guidebook for understanding the Farm Service Agency’s loan program.

Farm Storage Facility Loan:

The FSFL program helps producers build or upgrade facilities to store commodities by providing low-interest financing. A variety of commodities and types of facilities are available for eligibility within this program.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Technical Assistance for Emergency Relief Programs:

Contact us for free technical assistance.

Farmer Veteran Coalition Webinars:

Catch up on previous informational webinars, conference sessions, and learn from other FVC members.

Flower Hill Institute Toolkit:

A collection of Farm Service Agency resources.

Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers:

A collection of funding information and resources for historically underserved farmers and ranchers including loans and land access.

Livestock Disaster Planning:

Preparedness tips for farmers or ranchers with livestock operations.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP):

A program for farmers and ranchers who experience an excess livestock loss due to adverse weather, or by attacks from animals reintroduced by the federal government.

Microloan Funding:

For the Beginning, Small, and Niche farm operations this lending option and flexible option to credit.

Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Ag Systems (MIDAS):

Begun in 2013 this is the database system the USDA uses to manage most federal assistance programs. If interested in participating in funding check in with your local office and make sure this information is accurate and current.

Native American Tribal Loans:

Indian Tribal Land Acquisition Loan Program and the Highly Fractionated Indian Land Loan Program are available to help with land access and funding.

Noninsured Disaster Program (NAP):

Provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops. Helps protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or that may prevents crop planting.

Organic Farmers and Ranchers:

Assistance with Certification Fees, Organic Standards, and conservation practices for the Organic grower.

Serve on FSA County Committee:

Have your voice heard and serve on your local Committee. Advise on programs such as disaster assistance, hiring decisions, and assist with outreach.

Small-Scale Producer Resources:

General information on available programs for the small-scale producer including microloans and how to work with local FSA services.

Translated Farm Service Agency Materials/ Materiales Traducidos Disponibles:

Over 15 languages available including Hmong, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Somali in translated forms. Additional language services can be provided upon request at FSA offices and through the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

Tree Assistance Program (TAP):

A funding program for the potential rehabilitation or replacement of trees due to a qualifying environmental disaster. Trees used for pulp or timber are not eligible for TAP assistance.

Urban Farmers:

Resources for urban and suburban farmers who are utilizing practices such as community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic facilities, and vertical production.

USDA Veteran Resources:

Employment, entrepreneurship, and educational resources for veterans.

Women in Agriculture Resources:

Leadership opportunities and connection through the USDA Women in Agricultural Mentoring Network.