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Starting a Farm?

Information for Start-up Farms

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

MAEAP is a voluntary, pro-active program designed by a coalition of farmers, agricultural commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and conservation and environmental groups to reduce producers' legal and environmental risks. It teaches effective land stewardship practices that comply with state and federal regulations and shows producers how to identify and prevent agricultural pollution risks on their farms. Learn more about MAEAP here!

Farm Services Agency (FSA) Farm Loans

FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies. Loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements. Locate a Michigan FSA office near you!

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. "Ask an Expert" or find an extension office near you!

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Conservation District staff and technicians work hand in hand with local state and federal organizations to roll out voluntary programs that directly assist and impact the environmental quality.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners.

Additional Resources for Michigan Food and Agriculture Business Development

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