National Farmer's Day
Have you ever wondered what our country would be like without our nation's farmers? Our country has seen significant changes in its agrarian culture over the past 250 years. In the 17th century, 90% of our nation's population was involved with farming and tobacco was our nation's first important export. Over time, the demographic changed dramatically as our country became more industrialized. Today, less than 5% of the population is involved with farming. Nevertheless, farmers play an important role in our economy and culture. To celebrate, there are festivals around the country to honor our nation's farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers on National Farmer's Day. This year, National Farmer's Day is October 12th and will be marked with numerous local festivals, arts and crafts fairs, farmers' markets, parades, rodeos, and more. Be sure to look for these events in your area.

In recognition of National Farmer's Day, GovBenefits.gov highlights just a few of the benefits programs available to our nation's farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers.

  • National Farmworker Jobs Program
    The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) provides job training, employment assistance, and other supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents with the goal of helping farmworkers secure full-time employment. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=86

  • Farmer and Rancher Interest Assistance Program
    The Farmer and Rancher Interest Assistance Program provides a 4 percent interest rate subsidy to farmers and ranchers who do not qualify for standard commercial credit. These loans are arranged through commercial lenders. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=350

  • Farm Operating Loans
    Farm Operating Loans are available to farmers who are temporarily unable to obtain private, commercial credit. Operating loans may be used to purchase items needed for a successful farm operation. These items include livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel, farm chemicals, repairs, insurance, and other operating expenses. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=348