USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service dedicates a portion of its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding specifically to beginning farmers. EQIP gives no preference to the size of the operation; small agriculture operations compete equally with larger ones.
NRCS offers a wide variety of practices for beginning farmers interested in livestock, forestry, pasture/grazing operations and specialty, organic, and row crop production. These practices help beginning farmers meet their goals to improve their operations, commodity production, and environmental impact. Beginning farmers are those who have not previously farmed or have not operated a farm for more than 10 years.
To be evaluated for fiscal year 2021 funding, applications must be submitted by January 15, 2021.