Farmer Resources

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Five Helpful Websites for Farmers

1. Ag Risk and Farm Management Library

The Library helps agricultural producers and professionals quickly locate information, tools, and assistance on specific ag risk and farm management topics. The Library includes several major components including:

Documents & Videos – Over 3,000 documents organized by Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal, and Human Risk topics
Crop & Livestock Budgets – More than 2,700 crop budgets representing over 280 crops and more than 400 livestock budgets from over 30 states

2. ATTRA, The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

ATTRA services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities. This service, created by NCAT, is designed to provide technical assistance and information regarding sustainable agriculture.

3. Growing Innovation

The Growing Innovation online library documents and catalogues hundreds of innovative farm businesses and collaborative farmer projects funded by RAFI’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund since 1997. Put simply, Growing Innovation helps farmers learn from the best source of information available: other farmers.

4. Farmer Resource Network

The Resource Network is a tool developed by Farm Aid to assist farmers in finding trusted organizations who deal with issues related to agriculture, rural development, and family farming.

5. Practical Farmers of Iowa | Farminar Archive

Don’t be fooled by the name! Practical Farmers of Iowa offers webinars and educational resources that are relevant and helpful to farmers across the country. Check out their fantastic archive of ‘farminars’ to learn more. From their site: “Practical Farmers of Iowa offers farminars at no cost to participants. These 90-minute, online seminars feature a wide variety of farming topics with farmers as the experts. Broadcast over the Internet, farminars are typically held Tuesdays from 7–8:30 p.m. CST from November to March. Files are available to download as MP3 audio recordings, or FLV format for online video viewing.”

Direct Assistance & Consulting for Family Farmers

We support family farmers directly at RAFI through three key program areas: Farm Advocacy, Disaster Assistance, and the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund.

Farm Advocacy – Our staff members provide financial planning assistance and advocate for farmers to lenders and other agencies. We serve farms ranging from small, specialty operations to livestock and commodity operations on thousands of acres. >> Learn more about Farm Advocacy

Disaster Assistance – We advocate for disaster and risk management policies that support family farmers in increasing the sustainability of their farms. We provide training to farmers and agricultural organizations on disaster assistance programs. >> Learn more about Disaster Assistance

Agricultural Reinvestment Fund – The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund at RAFI supports farmers and rural communities in developing new and innovative sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants. >> Learn more about the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund

Other organizations that provide direct assistance and consulting to family farmers can be found by searching Farm Aid’s Farmer Resource Network website. 


We extend our thanks to the Southern Risk Management Education Center for supporting our efforts to provide risk management resources and tools to farmers through a variety of initiatives, including our Resource Rodeos and this online hub.