Farmer Education and Resources

Farming challenges a person to build their skills in art, science, technology, commerce, communication, planning and more.

Farming Resources

Farmer Resources by County

Beginner Farmer Resources

According to the USDA, a ‘Beginning Farmer or Rancher’ is someone who has operated a farm or ranch for 10 years or less. Here are links to some of the many excellent on-line resources for “beginning farmers” of all ages and varied life experiences.

Maine’s County Profiles from the USDA 2012 Census Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture conducts a national Census of Agriculture every five years. The next such census is taking place now! If you would like more information, got to USDA Census of Agriculture. Make sure you are counted in the census!

For assistance on how to find, start, expand and diversify your farm, and to learn more about transferring and selling your farm to keep it in agriculture use, please contact the Division of Agricultural Resource Development at 207-287-3491.