USDA Farm Services Office Visit: Intro to Ag Programs and Disaster Assistance for Emerging Farmers

February 29 | 2-4:30 p.m.

USDA Farm Service Center Stearns County, 110 2nd St S, Waite Park MN 56387

Go Farm Connect
Event Description

Go Farm Connect is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Center in Stearns County to host this facilitated group visit. Emerging farmers and specialty crop producers will learn about federal farm programs and loan, grant, insurance and disaster assistance opportunities. You do not need to own land to participate.

The host will be Erik Heimark of Maple Ridge Produce in Aitkin, who is a Connector trained to help beginning and emerging farmers access helpful federal programs. Heimark is also a specialist with Go Farm Connect in farm business recordkeeping and high tunnel construction. He will be joined by USDA staff from the Farm Service Agency who will explain disaster assistance (NAP Coverage) and other programs available for specialty crop farmers. For more information, contact Erik at 218-232-1303  or [email protected].

Who Should Attend

All interested parties are invited to attend and learn, including beginning and prospective farmers, landowners, family, friends, cultural advocates, and agricultural support professionals. No prior experience with federal farm agencies is required. Land ownership is not a requirement to participate in assistance programs.  Attendees do not have to reside in Stearns County - this information will pertain to all federal programs. Language interpretation will be provided upon pre-registration.

 What To Expect

This brief visit will cover the basics of farm programs and introduce participants to the staff at the USDA Farm Services Center. Time will be provided for individual assistance and questions, and Erik will follow up with interested participants after the event. Photos and videos may be taken for future outreach purposes. If you do not want to be in photographs, please let Erik know at the beginning of the event.


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