Type 'farming resources Michigan' into your search bar. You will get over 12 million results. Refining it will help. But no matter what you put in that search bar, you will get more results than you are probably able to sort through. As you search through the MiFarmLink Resources page, you will find a curated list of resources geared toward the needs of Michigan farmers. To try to provide the best experience possible, MiFarm Link will:

  1. Regularly check and update the resources posted here.
  2. Help you via email at hello@mifarmlink.org to get assistance navigating to the resource you need - even if you aren't sure what it is yet!

Looking for information about loans? Education? Taxes? Succession Planning? You bet. Need to know what pesticide to apply for spotted wing drosophila and when? Well, no. You won't find level of technical assistance here. But we could connect you with experts that do know! And be sure to further explore the websites and resources you will find linked here - many of these entries link to one particular tool of interest, but at the same site, you could also find much more information that could be useful to your operation.

Hey, beginning farmers - you also have a little shortcut you can use!
The National Young Farmers Coalition has provided Michigan with its own Beginning Farmer Technical Assistance Navigator. So if you are unsure what to look for, or if you know what you are looking for and just can't find it, contact Payge Lindow for assistance.

*Disclaimer: among the resources below, you will find some for profit companies listed. MiFarmLink does not necessarily recommend these companies or their services, and receives no money for listing them here. They are listed for infomational purposes only and due diligence should be performed before engaging services.

New Farmers - USDA

United States Department of Agriculture

The USDA has a wide variety of resources available to help new farmers access capital, learn the ropes, and get connected to the farming community.

Farm Business Plan Accelerator

MSU Student Organic Farm

The Farm Business Plan Accelerator is a 100% online opportunity to meet weekly with other beginning and aspiring farmers to write a farm business plan that fits your farmsite, markets, skills and goals.

Business Coaching & Succession Planning

Jessen Coaching

Carl Jessen led financial institutionsin Nebraska and Michigan for 30 years, and uses that well of experience to help farmers create succession plans. Carl also facilitates the GreenStone Farm Credit Services Farm Forward Mentor Program.

Labor Services

AgHelp, Inc

AgHelp connects workers with jobs, and employers with skilled, reliable labor. Workers can also find many of the support resource they need for themselves and their families.

Accounting Services - West Michigan

DeBoer, Baumann & Company, PLC

At De Boer, Baumann & Company, P.L.C., we understand the increasingly complex issues facing the agriculture industry and the future challenges that wait on the horizon. We are prepared to help you meet these challenges with business, tax and financial services geared to provide meaningful and timely information to help you operate at maximum efficiency.

Michigan On Farm Produce Safety Program

Michigan Conservation Districts

Michigan is the only state with a Produce Safety Technician program dedicated to providing on-farm technical education for fresh produce farmers. Better yet, technicians are a free, voluntary, confidential, non-regulatory resource.

Farmer and Rancher Grants

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. 

Underserved & Beginning Farmer Resources

Michigan Food & Farming Systems

MIFFS is a farmer-led organization that strives to listen first and maintain the knowledge and lessons learned from the diverse individuals and communities with which we’ve worked. MIFFS provides various services to support the success and growth of historically underserved farmers in Michigan by facilitating peer to peer, regionally based, farmer networks. MIFFS staff and affiliates work on the ground in partnership  with farmers and their local communities to identify and address barriers for success in farm development.

Conservation Technical Assistance

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Michigan’s 75 Conservation Districts (CDs) are your local providers of natural resource management services -- much like your local fire, police, health, and school services. We're also your neighbors, helping fellow Michiganders conserve their lands and waterways so our environment can be a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger place to live, work and grow for our community. Follow the link to locate your local conservation district and gain access to cost-share for conservation practices and much more.

Food & Ag Business Loans

Michigan Good Food Fund

Michigan Good Food Fund is a statewide loan fund that invests in good food enterprises working to increase access to affordable, healthy food and sparks economic opportunity. Since 2015, initiative partners have invested more than $17 million to date in loans and grants supporting more than 300 Michigan-based food businesses that grow, process, distribute, and sell healthy food that reaches those who need it most. We provide flexible, patient capital to good food enterprises often overlooked by traditional banks. Lending is bolstered by business assistance to help entrepreneurs grow their ventures and prepare for financing.