In 2018, Secretary Perdue unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal where customers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts.
Navigating the H-2A Visa Process:
Focused on education and smaller owner-operators, this farmers.gov H-2A Phase I release includes an H-2A Visa Program page and interactive checklist tool, with application requirements, fees, forms, and a timeline built around a farmer’s hiring needs.
You may view the video at this following link: youtu.be/E-TXREaZhnI
The H-2A Visa Program – also known as the temporary agricultural workers program – helps American farmers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries. The U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State, and state workforce agencies each manage parts of the H-2A Visa Program independently, with separate websites and complex business applications.
USDA Farm Operating Loan Page - https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/farm-operating-loans/index
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has micro and Operating Loans. https://fsa.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/09/28/fsa-operating-loan-helps-a-wisconsin-youtuber-make-his-farm-work/
From College Project to Full Time Job, USDA Microloan Helps Kentucky Heritage Livestock Farmer - Great story - https://fsa.blogs.govdelivery.com/2017/10/06/from-college-project-to-full-time-job-usda-microloan-helps-kentucky-heritage-livestock-farmer/
Beginning Farmer Loan Program Through the Kansas Development Finance Authority See http://www.kdfa.org/BeginningFarmer
USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/crp-continuous-enrollment/index
USDA Conservation Collaboration Grants
The purpose of the collaboration grants is to leverage agency resources to improve soil health, improve water quality, provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern, improve the environmental and economic performance of working ag lands, and assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities. Kansas is one of five states selected to participate and is estimated to receive $2 million in funding. The grants will be one to three years in length. Learn more and apply at:https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=311844