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Small Farm Program

USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

Program Basics
The goal of the NIFA National Small Farm Program is to enhance the economic viability of all small farm and ranch enterprises, and promote research, extension, and outreach programs, primarily through partnerships with the Land-Grant University System and with other public and private sector organizations.

The Small Farm Program facilitates several small farm programs at Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. An overview of some of these state programs is available on the Small Farm website: www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/ag_systems/in_focus/small_farms.html

The National Small Farm Program facilitates a national small farm conference, a train-the-trainer event held every three or four years in different regions across the country to promote successful programs for small farmers and ranchers.

The program also publishes monthly newsletters (Small Farm Highlights and Small Farm News) that are sent through Listservs to outreach professionals working with small scale producers. The program also publishes on-line a Small Farm Digest that highlights a topic of importance to small scale farmers and ranchers every six months.

The Small Farm Program facilitates the USDA Grant writing workshop series, conducted at selected sites nationwide to benefit smaller institutions and community-based organizations. USDA agencies have designated leaders who are involved in this effort to ensure that this workshop is undertaken with the mindset of increasing success rates in proposal submissions from smaller institutions and community-based organizations.

Other services include the Small Farm Resource Guide, and the NIFA Small Farm toll-free InfoLine (800-583-3071) that helps farmers and ranchers speak to NIFA small farm experts Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time.

For more information and other details of our program please visit www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/ag_systems/in_focus/small_farms.html

Contacts
Denis Ebodaghe, Ph.D.,
National Program Leader for Small Farms,
USDA-NIFA, Economic & Community Systems
800 9th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250
202-401-4385, Fax: 202-690-3162
debodaghe@nifa.usda.gov

Patricia McAleer, Program Specialist
USDA-NIFA, Economic & Community Systems
800 9th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202-720-2635, Fax: 202-690-3162
pmcaleer@nifa.usda.gov

Last Updated November 4, 2009

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