Southwest Washington Conservation Programs
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
USDA Farm Service Agency
For beginning farmers. Access farm ownership, operating, and micro loans.
While FSA is fully committed to all farmers and ranchers, there is a special focus on the particular credit needs of farmers and ranchers who are in their first 10 years of operation. Each year, FSA targets a portion of its lending by setting aside a portion of all loan funds for financing beginning farmer and rancher operations.
A beginning farmer is defined as one who:
- Has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years
- Does not own a farm or ranch greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county as determined by the most current Census for Agriculture at the time the loan application is submitted
Information last updated on December 1, 2020.
Developing a forest, agricultural, or conservation plan helps articulate and prioritize objectives for landowners. These objectives can determine what type programs to search for. Supporting organizations in your area often provide free consultation and planning.
Interested in getting help sorting through all the programs? Find organizations in Southwest Washington that can help.
See how your land fits into the broader context of conservation, ecosystem services, and working lands values across the landscape. It could help decide which program is right for you!