Resource Links

 

Colorado and Regional Organizations

Colorado State University Extension’s Agricultural Resources List
A list of all the agricultural resources and publications provided by CSU Extension.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
A progressive, grassroots organization dedicated to achieving profitability for family farmers and ranchers; promoting stewardship of land and water resources; delivering safe, healthy food to consumers; strengthening rural communities through education, legislation, and cooperation; being the voice for family agriculture and rural communities.

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
A 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization that helps improve the business sustainability and profitability of commercial fruit and vegetable growers in Colorado of all sizes, organic and conventional, direct marketing and wholesale marketing.

Quivira Coalition
Builds resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, innovation, collaboration and progressive public and private land stewardship.

Natural Resources Conservation Service – Colorado
NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land.

Colorado Department of Agriculture
The CDA’s mission is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture; promote a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply; and protect consumers, the environment, and natural resources.

 

Business Planning Courses and Guides for Beginning Farmers

Colorado State University Extension’s Building Farmers in the West (BFW)
Builds farmer capacity and community through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers and ranchers.

Holistic Management International
Working in harmony with you and mother nature to create a sustainable future

Cornell University Extension Online Farm Planning Courses
A series of online courses covering many aspects of running a profitable farm business.

AgPlan
AgPlan is an easy business plan app that anyone can use. Sample business plans, tips & resources to help you develop your business plan.

Financing a Beginning Farm Loan

Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) Beginning Farmer Loan
The mission of CADA is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses.

Farm Service Agency Beginning Farmer and Rancher Loans
The USDA’s FSA makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial lenders. 

Center for Rural Affairs Beginning Farmer Funding Sources and Financing Options
A guide to a variety of funding sources for beginning producers.

Land Access, Tenure, and Lease Resources

Sustainable Agriculture Land Tenure Initiative
Assists landowners and farmers in developing farm lease arrangements that are profitable and sustainable for the landowner, the farmer, the community, and the land.

Farm Succession Planning Resources

International Farm Transition Network
The goal of the IFTN is to support programs that foster the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Transitions Toolkit
A toolkit for planning the transition of your land to the next generation.

California FarmLink’s Farm Succession Guidebook
Describes in detail the process of mapping the transition of the family farm business, land, and assets from one generation to the next.

 

National Organizations, Information, and Farm Policy

American Farmland Trust
A national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

Center for Rural Affairs
Building strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

National Young Farmers Coalition
NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Beginningfarmers.org
Beginningfarmers.org is a comprehensive compilation of information resources on farm financing, finding land, business planning, agricultural production and marketing, and much more.

Farm Commons
Legal resources for farmers.

The Virtual Grange
An online community and hub for beginning farmers managed by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Savory Institute
The Savory Institute promotes large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA New Farmer Website
Comprehensive guide from USDA for those getting started in farming.

ATTRA – The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Provides technical assistance on the topic of sustainable agriculture.

Willing Workers on Organic Farms
WWOOF organizations connect people who want to live and learn on organic
farms and smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.

Workaway
Volunteering, working and cultural exchange around the world.  Integrate and help local communities in over 155 countries.