If you are an individual that is looking to start a farm, you can benefit from farm service agencies. An agency can help you with agricultural programs and financial assistance. There are several types of assistance provided by these agencies.
Conservation programs work to enhance and maintain current farmland that is highly susceptible to erosion, natural disaster areas and drought-prone places. For instance, the Conservation Reserve Program pays a rental fee to farmers who plant permanent crops on empty fields. Agencies seek to reward the harvesting of sustainable crops and the use of organic fertilizer. There are subsidies available that can help you purchase machines for your horticulture or agriculture needs.
Some financial assistance is given to farmers who have lost crops and machinery due to natural disasters like floods and hurricanes. This disaster relief can come in the form of providing equipment that has been damaged due to extreme weather or financial relief for farmers of livestock or farm-raised fish.
Power and energy programs provide grants for establishing and producing renewable energy sources. Forests are often used for this. Some forms of agriculture like hemp or corn are crops that can produce biofuel.
Due to an increase in responsible, ecologically sound living, many people are turning to horticulture to provide fresh food for their families. This can be done in even the smallest of residential yards. It is relatively easy for individuals to compost their own scraps of food for fertilizer and grow a few easy-to-maintain vegetable plants. Some service agencies provide financial help, literature, seed packets and even gardening equipment for those so inclined to do so.