NebraskaBeginningFarmer.org

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Nebraska's economy was founded by farmers and ranchers. NebraskaBeginningFarmer.org provides easy access to a number of entities which offer financial resources to individuals interested in agricultural production. These resources assist those desiring to pursue agricultural opportunities as well as those desiring to maintain/improve their viability in the industry. Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.

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Financing Programs


USDA Farm Services Agency

The USDA Farm Services Agency is a customer-driven agency dedicated to achieving a sound future for American agriculture. FSA is committed to enhancing the USDA mission by increasing the participation fo beginning farmers/ranchers and ensuring their full access to all FSA programs and services. The ultimate benefit will be improved economic viability for family farmers and ranchers.

FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. FSA loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements. FSA loans are often provided to beginning farmers who cannot qualify for conventional loans because they have insufficient financial resources.
Click here: www.fsa.usda.gov or contact your local FSA office, listed in the phone book (blue or government pages) under US Government, USDA Service Center by town.

Farm Credit Services of America

Farm Credit Services is a network of independently owned and operated credit and financial institutions that serve farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses of every size and income range. Farm Credit Services offers a Young and Beginning Program providing financial resources for less established producers (age 35 or younger or less than 10 years experience). Qualifying farmers and ranchers can receive agricultural loans for land purchases, operations, insurance and more business education reimbursements (up to $500/year), youth in agriculture loans (up to $2500/student) and college scholarships ($2,000) are also offered by Farm Credit Services.
Click here: www.fcsamerica.com for more information.

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA)

The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority provides Nebraskans a broad range of financial resources, including its Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program for purchase of agricultural land, equipment/machinery, or breeding livestock. Working with banks, private seller-lenders (land contracts) or private investor lenders, the Program facilitates loans of up to $500,000 to be used in agricultural production for "beginning" farmers/ranchers who have not already owned substantial farm land and with a net worth not exceeding $500,000. The loans are below market rate due to NIFA making the interest income tax-exempt (both State and Federally) for the beginning farmer/rancher's lender. Click here for more information.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA)

Recognizing the importance the agricultural industry continues to play in the state, the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program brings together the shared strengths and resources of existing and beginning farmers. The Program offers a refundable tax credit to existing farmer/livestock producers who agree to rent to beginning farmers. Beginning farmers/ranchers also receive tax benefits.
Click here: www.nextgen.nebraska.gov or call 800-446-4071.

Nebraska Department of Revenue

The Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act, administered by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, will provide a refundable tax credit against sales and use taxes or income tax liability for taxpayers engaged in livestock production who invests in at least $50,000 for livestock modernization or expansion. The amount of the tax credit for livestock production will be 10% of the investment, not to exceed $30,000.
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Education

University of Nebraska - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR)

IANR is a provider of educational, research and outreach programs related to food, agriculture and agribusiness systems, natural resources and human resources. IANR is dedicated to providing the highest quality programs that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially responsible and scientifically appropriate.
Click here for more information.

University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA)

The University of Nebraska - Nebraska College of Technical Agricultur, located in Curtis, Nebraska, is dedicated to the agriculture industry with degree programs in the various agriculture production, horticulture, agribusiness and veterinary technology systems. NCTA teaches entrepreneurship across its entire curriculum in an affort to encourage graduates to be the next generation farm, ranch, and business owners and managers. Ownership programs include the 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage, 100 Acre Farm, and Business Builder programs. In addition, a Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots program has been developed to help veterans return home to rural communities as partner/employees and eventual owners of farms, ranches and businesses.

The core of NCTA's ownership programs is the development of business plans, partnership agreements and low interest USDA loan applications. It is critical that graduates understand entrepreneurship principles and the "art" of ownership to become an owner of an agricultural or business enterprise. With 70% of the nation's agricultural land changing hands during the next 20 years, there are great opportunities for those prepared with a technical agriculture education and willing to work hard and smart.
Click here: www.ncta.unl.edu or call 1-800-3CURTIS.

Nebraska 4-H Foundation

4-H is one of the largest youth (ages 5-19) organizations in the United States with more than 6.8 million participants. The program partners the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, state land-grant universities, state and local governments, 4-H Foundations, and the Cooperative State Research, Educational and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Nebraska Future Farmers of America

The Nebraska FFA Association is a state and national youth organization made up of students (Grades 7-12) from across the state and nation. It contains of over 7,000 members dedicated to agricultural education and youth leadership.
Click here for more information.

Technical Assistance

United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The Natural Resources Conservation Services offers free technical assistance for soil, water and wildlife conservation and management practices including irrigation and animal manure management. Beginning farmers/ranchers can receive up to 90 percent cost-share assistance with up to 30 percent in advance payments for planned practices in conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, and others. (In 2010 and 2011 alone, 383 beginning farmers/ranchers received over $11.7 million in cost-share funds.) NRCS desires to build and/or maintain a strong conservation ethic within our beginning farmers/ranchers in Nebraska. Details are available at local NRCS offices in USDA Service Centers. NRCS employees will provide free technical assistance and help you determine if you are eligible for a higher cost-share rate to implement conservation practices.
Click here for more information. or contact your local NRCS office, listed in teh phone book (blue or government pages) under US Government, USDA Service Center by town.

Legal Aid of Nebraska

The Farm and Ranch Program of Legal Aid of Nebraska works in collaboration with the Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska (IMN), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture's Farm Mediation Service and Beginning Farmer Program (NDA) and other partners to provide a range of services to Nebraska farm and ranch families, including:
  • The Nebraska Farm Hotline (1-800-464-0258)
    Full-time staff and on-call legal and financial consultants
  • Farm and Ranch Legal and Financial Clinics
    Confidential, state-wide, monthly one-on-one financial and legal consultations
  • Estate and Transition Planning Workshops
    Seasonal state-wide day-long workshops for farm and ranch families
  • Nebraska Counseling, Outreach, and Mental Health Therapy program (COMHT)
    Vouchers for counseling from participating licensed mental health counselors
  • Ag Mentor Program
    On-farm financial and legal consultations
  • Through this array of services, Legal Aid and its partners work with farm and ranch families in estate and transition planning, business organization, beginning farmer support programs, FSA loan and price support programs, cash flow analysis and preparation, debt structuring, financial distress transactions, agricultural security interests, real property and contract issues, water regulation and rights, and retirement, long-term care, consumer protection and elder law matters.
    Click here: www.legalaidofnebaska.com or call the Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

    Center for Rural Affairs

    Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization based in Lyons, Nebraska, works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. The CFRA website provides advice for beginners, introductions to farm transition and estate planning for retiring farmers, and links to resources for financing, work-in examples, high-value markets, and production information. CFRA administers the Land Link matching program, which helps beginning farmers and ranchers gain access to land, financing, knowledge and skills needed to make a successful start by matching landowners and retiring farmers with beginners, including military veterans, who desire to farm or ranch. CFRA also works extensively with organizations and individuals on Farm Bill development and use of those programs. CFRA's business program (REAP) provides advice and loans to small businesses in rural Nebraska, such as value-added agricultural enterprises and Main Street businesses.
    Click here: www.cfra.org or call the Farm Bill HelpLine at 402-687-2100

    Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS)

    The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society is a member-based, grassroots, non-profit, farmer led organization dedicated to sustainable farming and foods in Nebraska. NSAS was founded in the 1970's by a group of organic farmers. Throughout the years NSAS has been promoting agriculture & food systems that build healthy land, people, communities & quality of life for present & future generations. NSAS has provided numerous resources, educational and networking opportunities for farmers across Nebraska. One resource is the NSAS listserv, which is available as a resource and online learning platform and includes weekly events and opportunities for farmers. Another resource is a database of resources located on the NSAS website, which includes past lectures, workshops, webinars and other resources for farmers interested in sustainable and organic agriculture.

    The Farm Beginnings® Nebraska educational training and support program, designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise, is sponsored by NSAS and its partners University of Nebraska, Land Stewardship Project and Center for Rural Affairs. Farm Beginnings® Nebraska participants engage in a mentorship experience and network with a variety of successful, innovative farmers while attending practical, high quality seminars, field days and conferences. The program is unique in that several successful farmers participate in the program as presenters, explaining firsthand the nuts and bolts of their farming operation, including alternative marketing avenues. Most of the farmer-presenters come from small to medium sized farming operations that produce and market many different diversified and value-added products. While any beginning farmer would benefit from attending these training sessions, many participants want to emphasize sustainable agriculture and organic agriculture principles on their farms.
    Click here: www.healthyfarms.org or email healthyfarms@gmail.com

    Membership

    Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

    The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, founded in 1917, is Nebraska's largest voluntary agricultural organization. It represents more than 50,000 member families in all 93 Nebraska counties and has 85 organized County Farm Bureaus. The farmers and ranchers who belong to Farm Bureau raise various livestock species and grow a variety of crops such as sugarbeets, corn, and soybeans. The Farm Bureau's goals are to improve net farm income, to improve the quality of rural life, and to unite to analyze challenges and formulate appropriate solutions.
    Click here: www.nefb.org for more information.

    Nebraska Farmers Union

    Founded in 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union is a grassroots-driven, general farm organization that is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities.
    Click here: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org for information or learn more on facebook at: Nebraska Farmers Union.

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