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START A FARM IN VIRGINIA

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.

Production Resources

Business Planning Resources

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:

Financing

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:

Marketing

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:

  • Virginia Grown is a marketing program promoting fresh, local products to consumers. It offers point-of-sale materials, consumer publications and promotion throughout the year.
  • The Virginia's Finest trademark program enhances the economic opportunities and success of Virginia’s specialty food and beverage companies. Participants accepted into the program may include the Virginia’s Finest logo on their packaging. Companies may also participate in shows, festivals and events where Virginia’s Finest is featured.

Contact
Stephen Versen
AFID Fund Coordinator
804.786.6911
stephen.versen@vdacs.virginia.gov


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