The Small Producer Initiative is a group of faculty, staff, and community members interested in promoting and serving the needs of small agricultural producers involved in:
We are committed to needs of small producers of all types, including those who have historically been excluded from programs, information, funding, and land necessary for production and those who are just beginning to produce food and fiber.
The USDA defines small farms as those under $250,000 in gross sales annually.
The RURAL-V grant, awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, is assisting us in reaching out to small producers in four main ways:
We will also be connecting small producers to USDA programs, technical experts, and other resources.
To find out more, please complete our information form.
This program is funded to outreach to US Military Veterans and historically disadvantaged groups of farmers and ranchers, per USDA guidelines. However, our technical information, workshops, and webinars are available to all. Special stipends and scholarships will apply to specific groups of participants.