Agriculture & Forestry Development
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) invites you to explore these resources for beginning your own agricultural operation in Virginia. If the agency can provide additional assistance, contact the Office of Agriculture and Forestry Development Services.
Starting a farm business is not much different than starting other businesses. Take advantage of the small business development and entrepreneurial resources available in the Commonwealth:
The Office of Agriculture and Forestry Development is often asked about grants or other sources of “free money” for individuals who want to start farming. Such programs do not exist.
However, there are a variety of low-interest, guaranteed and other loan products available that are well-suited for beginning farmers. Click here for a table of the best financing resources for agriculture and forestry businesses. Two particularly important resources include:
Creating the product is one thing, selling it at a worthwhile price is another. Fortunately, VDACS offers a variety of information and assistance for getting your product to market. Under the agency’s Division of Marketing and Development, you will find two signature programs:
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