C.R.O.P. | Comprehensive Rural Opportunity Program

USDA Programs & Services

Resources for new, underserved, veteran and specialty farmers and ranchers!

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is the flagship conservation program of the Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners integrate conservation into working lands.

Farm Loan Programs

The USDA Farm Service Agency offers loans to help farmers and ranchers get the financing they need to start, expand or maintain a family farm.

Value-Added Producer Grants

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.


Have access to land and are interested in growing? Are you a beginning farmer? Are you currently farming and are interested in expanding your business? Let us help you find and connect with the resources to help you be successful.

New & Beginning Farmers or Ranchers

New to farming? Want to learn how to start a farm? USDA can help and offers additional assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA considers anyone who has operated a farm or ranch for less than ten years to be a beginning farmer or rancher.

Historically Underserved Farmers & Ranchers

The USDA offers help for the unique concerns of producers who meet its definition of “historically underserved” — beginning, socially disadvantaged, women and military veterans.

Limited Resource Farmers

A limited resource farmer is a participant with direct/indirect gross farm sales not more than the current indexed value in each of the previous two years, and who has a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of four, or less than 50% of county median household income in each of the previous two years. Use this self-determination tool to determine if you’re a limited resource producer.

Urban Farmers

USDA is working to support urban agriculture as it plays an important role in growing not only fresh, healthy food, often where grocery stores are scarce, but also providing jobs and beautifying neighborhoods.

Urban agriculture includes the cultivation, processing and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban areas. Community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic facilities, and vertical production are all examples of urban agriculture. Tribal communities and small towns may also be included.

Organic Farmers

Organic agriculture uses cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic engineering may not be used. Whether you’re an established organic operation or thinking about transitioning to organic, USDA has available programs and services.

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