Whether you are a seasonal or year-round farmer, Benefits.gov can be a resource for you. Benefits.gov houses information on over 40 benefits specific to agriculture and environmental sustainability. In this article, we will share programs and resources that will help you on your path to finding government benefits.
If you are a migrant or seasonal farmworker looking for training and or employment assistance, the National Farmworker Job Program provides services to help. The program’s goal is to help farmworkers get full-time employment. For more information, visit the National Farmworker Jobs Program page, managed by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Crop losses can be devastating for farmers financially, which is why ensuring your harvest can be beneficial in the long-term. Crop Insurance protects agricultural producers against crop losses resulting from natural causes. Several different plans are offered for crops and livestock. Availability of plans varies by state and county. Secure your harvest by researching crop insurance and deciding if it is right for your farm.
In the event of a disaster, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops. This consists of low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting due to natural disaster. If your farm has recently been affected by a natural disaster, you may be eligible for this program.
Thinking about taking out a loan? Farm Ownership Loans and Farm Operating Loans help farmers with obtaining credit at reasonable rates and terms. Operating loans are typically short-term, and the funds are used for normal expenses. Ownership loans can last up to 40 years and mainly used for long-term investment opportunities. For example, purchasing or enlarging your farm are long-term opportunities.
Some eligibility requirements include:
For more information on these programs, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
You can also browse our Agriculture & Environmental Sustainability benefit category and filter benefits by state or subcategory.
An excellent way to start your benefit search is by using the Benefit Finder. When filling out the questionnaire, you will answer confidential questions about your current situation. Your answers to the questionnaire will be compared with the eligibility criteria of over 1,000 government programs. Once you receive your results, you can find out how and where to apply for assistance. This is a great first step in finding farming benefits based on your needs.