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.

Agricultural Conservation Easements

American Farmland Trust

There are programs across the country that will purchase the development rights to farmland in order to create an agricultural conservation easement that protects the land from development in perpetuity. This site can help you locate a program near you, along with a plethora of other farmland protection tools, resources, policy information, and more.

Farmland Cash Rental Rates by County

Michigan State University Extension

The “USDA Farmland Cash Rental Information” is a listing of the county rental rates dating from 2009 to the 2020 year.  The information was obtained from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and is based on their survey results from producers. This is a great resource to assist in negotiating rates for land leases.

Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Progarm

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

MAEAP helps and recognizes farmers who reduce erosion and runoff from private land into public waters. The program is adminstered by MDARD and delivered by your local conservation district.

Qualified Agricultural Property Tax Exemption

State of Michigan

This is a property tax exemption that is available to eligible ag operations in Michigan. If you are buying farmland, it is good to be aware of this to make sure the exemption is retained by the new owner.

Farmland and Open Space Program

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program or Public Act 116 (PA 116) Program preserves farmland from being developed for non-agricultural uses. Landowners can enter into agreements that protect their land for 10-99 years and receive an annual income tax credit. They can also choose to donate their development rights permanently.

Michigan GroupGAP Certification

Fresh Systems LLC

Michigan GroupGAP Network is a state wide food safety certification program, utilizing the USDA GroupGAP framework. Food safety certification builds consumer confidence and can enhance market opportunities producers..‚Äč

MSU Extension DEMaND Series

Michigan State University Extension

The Beginning Farmers DEMaND series is a line of publications from Michigan State University Extension. These publications are designed to help beginning farmers learn about financial and business management strategies that will assist them in developing into the next managers and decision-makers on the farm.

Small Business Loan Program

Small Business Administration

The Economic Development Foundation (EDF) is a non-profit lender who provides access to capital for small businesses that are purchasing or refinancing commercial real estate, and/or machinery and equipment. We are authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Certified Development Company (CDC) to deliver the SBA’s 504 Loan Program.  EDF is one of a small percentage of CDCs in the nation that SBA has approved into their Accredited Lender Program (ALP).  As an ALP Lender, EDF has authority to process, close, and service 504 loans, and our customers receive expedited processing of loan approvals and servicing actions.

2017 Ag Census - Ottawa County Profile

USDA-NASS

This is quick glance at all of Ottawa County's ag stats.

Beginning Farmer Resources

beginningfarmers.org

While there are a few dead links and a good deal of paid advertsing, this website contains many useful resources for beginning farmers and is worth checking out. It has a nationwide focus.