WSU’s Regional Small Farms Online Learning Library
A ton of great resources for small farms from WSU by topic. Crop planning, soil health, business of farming, etc.
Online Learning Library
Rural Business Development Grant
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) can pay for processing equipment and the like by funding a non profit, municipality, public body, etc. The entity in turn can lease to group of farmers or individual farmer(s). Funding is limited and project are scored for competition. I recommend small grant asks of less than $30,000 in this grant. This grant can cover planning type expenses such as design/engineering costs.
Rural Micro entrepreneurship Assistance Program (RMAP)
Rural Micro entrepreneurship Assistance Program (RMAP) loans of less than $50,000 from funded organizations such as Enterprise for Equity and Community Capital Development www.seattleccd.com · For Vertically Integrated Business Models (NOT farm loan or farm operating loans): · Business & Industry Guaranteed loan program
WSDA-Support and information on business financing for farms https://agr.wa.gov/departments/business-and-marketing-support/small-farm/infrastructure-grant
The Farm Service Agency provides low-interest financing for farmers/ranchers. Financing may be used for operating expenses or to purchase or expand a farm operation.
Farm Service Agency website for loan programs – https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/farm-loan-programs/index
Value Added Producer Grant
Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) for either Planning or Working Capital for eligible purposes. This is a 50% grant requiring 50% match made up of any of the following: Cash, Third Party, Applicant+ In Kind, Commodity. https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/4284j.pdf
Renewable Energy for America
Renewable Energy for America (REAP) program for farmers, ranchers (rural and urban) and small businesses (rural). This 25% grant can be used for on farm Energy Efficiency Improvements (lighting, hvac, equipment improvements, etc.) and/or Renewable Energy such as Solar PV, digester, etc.
Farm Service Agency Pollinator Habitat Support
The Farm Service Agency financially encourages development of pollinator habitat through the Conservation Reserve Program Pollinator Initiative. Pollinator Initiative fact sheet – https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Assets/USDA-FSA-Public/usdafiles/FactSheets/2015/CRPProgramsandInitiatives/Pollinator_Habitat_Initiative.pdf
Conservation Reserve Program – https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/conservation-programs/conservation-reserve-program/index
Labor and Industries Farm Internship Project
L&I Farm Internship Project allows interns to safely work on farms to learn about farming practices and obtain hands-on experience in farming activities.
Capitol Land Trust
WA Office of Farmland Preservation
Promote the vitality of farming, farmers, and ranchers by ensuring that we will continue to have productive agricultural lands in Washington State
WSDA Small Farm and Direct Marketing Program
Small Farm and Direct Marketing program provides marketing information. Direct marketing handbook provides wealth of information for farmers expanding into direct market sales.
WSU Pest ID
Some diagnostic and identification resources through WSU
Pest ID: http://hortsense.cahnrs.wsu.edu/Home/HortsenseHome.aspx
Diagnostic clinic in Puyallup, WA: https://puyallup.wsu.edu/plantclinic/
Diagnostic services $25-$40
WA Center for Women in Business
The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) supports the mission of all Women’s Business Centers: to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world. http://wcwb.org/
WSDA’s GAP Audit
WSDA is offering to Washington growers, producers and shippers an auditing service throughout the food chain to verify that best practices are being followed using USDA’s Good Agricultural/Good Handling Practices Audit Program (GAP/GHP). https://agr.wa.gov/services/inspections-and-investigations/inspections/fruit-and-vegetable/gap-ghp
WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Research and education on the critical issues facing agriculture, such as climate change, energy and water security, and improving technology and management knowledge that will make all of our agricultural production systems more sustainable.
Agricultural strategies that will make farming operations more resilient to climate change. Proceedings (open access) of the January 2017 Climate Impacts to Water Conference. http://ext100.wsu.edu/water/climate-impacts-to-water-conference/
AgClimate Network’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Agriculture
The AgClimate Network is a web-based hub for data, analysis and communication between regional scientists and stakeholders about climate change and agricultural and natural resources topics. A consortium of institutions including Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University, and individuals contribute content to this site and share articles and analyses. https://www.agclimate.net/2017/05/02/exploring-climate-change-adaptation-strategies-for-agriculture-in-the-northwest/
WSU’s Irrigation in the Northwest
Irrigation in the Pacific Northwest, information on equipment, irrigation calculators, soil moisture monitoring, FAQs and tutorials, etc. http://irrigation.wsu.edu/
NRCS Irrigation Cost Share
EQIP program funds irrigation efficiency through cost-share
The OSU Slug Portal, an informational reference to slugs (and snails) in the Pacific Northwest.
FFAST-Fisherman First Aid & Safety Training
The Fishermen Led Injury Prevention Program (FLIPP) developed this first aid class that incorporate wilderness first aid and specific work tasks/situations found on commercial fishing vessels.