Beginning Farmers

Beginning Farmers

Learn about the resources and supports available to new farmers and those in the early stages of expansion.
New and Beginning Farmers
Supporting the Next Generation of Farmers in New York State

New farmers are a critical piece of the agricultural landscape in New York State. As the average age of current farm owners and operators increases across the country, as well as within the state, new farmers are needed to keep agricultural lands in production and to bolster the future of the industry.

This one stop shop for new and beginning farmers provides valuable information on some of the challenges facing them today, including access to land and capital, and resources for training and apprenticeships. The goal of these pages is to help farmers new to the industry to more easily navigate the many opportunities for assistance available to them. 

Access Resources
Connecting Farmers With Programs and Services
Start Farming

You’ve been dreaming about becoming a farmer for years. Find resources to further your learning and experience, prepare a business plan, and get you started in the field.

Expand Your Farm

You’ve been on land and producing for a few years, now check out some programs designed to help you grow and scale your business.

Guide for New Farmers
Check out this guide for farmers looking to start or diversify a farm in New York State.

Beginning, Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmer Report

Read the 2022-2023 Beginning Farmer and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmer Grant Programs Annual Report.
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