Looking for information about loans? Education? Taxes? Succession Planning? You bet. We can connect you with experts! 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.
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.
North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines.
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.
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.
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.
This is a private for profit company website that offers a variety of real estate services to farmers, including a searchable database of farmland listings, a few of which are located in Michigan.
This site offers a variety of resources and tools, and the most popular one is the Finding Farmland Calualtor, which helps you plan and prepare for purchasing farmland for your operation. If you are a young farmerr, be sure to bookmark this website!
The USDA Farm Service Agency is the point of access for Farm Bill programs that provide loan assistance, insurance products, and other risk management tools. FSA has offices throughout the State.
The Natural Resource Conservation Service, a USDA agency, offers access to the many different Farm Bill programs geared toward conservation practices like manure storage, chemical handling facilities, pollinator habitats, cover crops, and much more. Each County in Michigan has a district conservationist that can help landowners enroll.
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.