USDA Programs

 
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Returning Veteran

If you are a returning veteran and want to start a farm in NM, visit the USDA veterans’ website can help you learn more about employment, education, and entrepreneurship on or beyond the farm.

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Farm loan Offices

Over the last 5 years, FSA has distributed over $508 million in benefits and loans to New Mexico’s ag producers. With an FSA network of 24 NM county offices and 4 farm loan offices, you can access all of FSA’s programs.

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Young Loans

The FSA makes loans to individuals young persons to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group or similar agricultural youth organization. PDF information can be found here. 

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 Disaster Assistance

FSA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial help for 55% to 100% of the average market price for organic crop losses between 50% to 65% of expected production due to a natural disaster. New and underserved farmers qualify for more. 

Cost Share Program

Certified organic producers and handlers who have paid certification fees during the 2017 or 2018 program year may apply for reimbursement of the incurred costs.

Agricultural Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council has a wide range of agricultural programs assisting Native American nations and through their Technical Assistance Program, IAC helps Indian agricultural producers increase their access and use of USDA programs.

 
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Farm Storage Loans

FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loans provide low-interest financing to build or upgrade storage facilities for organic produce, including cold storage, grain bins, bulk tanks and drying and handling equipment. For more about these facility loans. 

Low-Interest

The FSA can help with low-interest loans (microloans and conservation loans) for things like constructing or improving buildings, soil and water conservation, routine operating expenses, fuel, insurance, equipment, repairs, and more!

Organic Practices

The USDA-FSA website defines organic standards, these standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives

 
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Advisory Committee

The Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) is looking for new members to help develop recommendations for the USDA to better meet your needs as a grower.

Reimbursement

Certified organic producers can visit the FSA office in Santa Fe to receive information about a reimbursement for up to 75% of certification costs each year through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP),

Commodities

USDA-NIFA supports research on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties, like pinto, that can thrive on organic farms.

 
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Farm Operating Loans

FSA’s Direct Farm Operating loans can help you start, maintain and strengthen your farm. For new farmers, FSA’s direct farm operating loans can assist in financing the cost of operating a new farm. Contact New Mexico FSA’s main office at (505) 761-4900

Farm Services Agency Handouts

Insider

“The Organic Insider” is an email notification service under the USDA’s AMS National Organic Program that sends out 4 to 8 monthly messages related to organic agriculture, subscribe at the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service webpage.

 
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Farm Operating Loans

FSA's Direct farms operating loans are a valuable resource to start, maintain and strengthen a farm or ranch. PDF of information can be found here.

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Indian Tribal Land Acquisition Program

The Farm Service Agency extends credit to Indian Tribes or Tribal corporations that do not qualify for standard commercial loans to purchase land within their own reservation or Alaskan community.PDF of information can be found here. 

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Microloan Programs

The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmers, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponics, organic and vertical growing methods.PDF information can be found here.

 

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Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency, provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.PDF information can be found here.

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Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)

The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) provides payments to eligible owners of nonindustrial private forest land in order to carry out emergency measures to restore land damage by a natural disaster.PDF information can be found here

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Conservation Reserve Program(CRP) Grasslands

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands is a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so that environmentally sensitive agricultural land is protected and used for conservation benefits. PDF information can be found here.

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Livestock Forage Disaster Program

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses for covered livestock on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or is planted specifically for grazing. PDF of information can be found here.

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Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

The Noninsured crop disaster assistance program assistance to producers of noninsurable crops to protect against natural disasters that results in lower yields or crops losses, or prevents crop planting. PDF information can be found here. 

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Organic Certification Cost Share Program

The program reimburses producers and handlers for a portion of their paid certification costs. Once certified, organic producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to maximum of $750 per certification scope- crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and NM State Organic Program fees. PDF information can be found here.

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Aerial Photography Fields Office (APFO)

APFO is home to one of the country's largest aerial film libraries. They currently house more than 70,000 rolls of film (10 million plus images). Their film dates from 1955 to the present. They  have coverage of most of the United States and its territories. Historic aerial images play a more vital role today than ever before with environmental assessments, change detection, and property boundary dispute. PDF infromation can be found here.

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Tree Assistance Program

The tree assistance program provides financial assistance to eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. PDF information can be found here.