According to USDA statistics, half of all current farmers in the U.S. are likely to retire in the next decade. Enlisting and supporting new farmers is essential to the future of family farms, the farm economy, and healthy rural communities. Who will these new farmers be? From new farmer focus groups and requests for information, we know that they come from all backgrounds, are in all stages of development, and bring a wide range of talents and resources to their new enterprises. Resources in the links below will help you identify programs, services, and resources for new and beginning farmers.
- Beginning Farmer Success
The Maryland Beginning Farmer Success Project provides new farmers with resources and contacts to be able to explore enterprise options, refine ideas, develop plans and strategies, and implement their farming practice.
- Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center
Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC) web site provides a section of resources that will help you identify programs, services, and resources for new and beginning farmers.