Oregon Agriculture

Looking for funds or other assistance for your business?

It is important to know that grants are rarely available to start a farm or a business, loans are your best bet. Before you explore getting a loan, we strongly recommend that you develop a business plan.

Many sources for technical, grant, and loan assistance are listed below.

Resources

Adelante Mujeres

Non-traditional lending sources Adelante Mujeres website

Austin Family Business Program

Succession planning OSU's Austin Family Business Program website

Blue Mountain Community College

Business education resources Blue Mountain Community College Agriculture Programs

Business Oregon

Government loans and loan guarantees Business Oregon website

Clackamas Community College

Business education resources Clackamas Community College website

Craft3

Non-traditional lending sources Craft3 Loans website

Eastern Oregon University Agribusiness

Business education resources Eastern Oregon University website

Emerging Markets Program

Grant and technical assistance programs USDA Foreign Ag Service Emerging Markets Program

Future Farmers of America

Business education resources Oregon FFA website

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management course

Business education resources OSU Growing Farms course

Harvest Capital Company

Private lenders Harvest Capital Company website

Headwaters Farm Incubator

Business education resources East Multnomah Headwaters Farm Incubator Program

Klamath Community College

Business education resources Klamath Community College website

Linn-Benton Community College

Business education resources Linn-Benton Community College website

Market Development Programs

Grant and technical assistance programs USDA Foreign Ag Service Market Development Programs

Mercy Corps NW micro-finance and other tools

Non-traditional lending sources Mercy Corps Northwest website

National Association of Credit Management—Oregon

Credit report NACM Oregon website

Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)

Non-traditional lending sources NEDCO website

Northwest Farm Credit Services

Government loans and loan guarantees and example loan forms NW Farm Credit Services website

Oregon Agripedia: Regulations on employing minors

Business education resources Oregon Agripedia

Oregon Bankers Association member banks

Private lenders Oregon Bankers Association members

Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Grant and technical assistance programs Farm Service Agency CREP website

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board grants

Grant and technical assistance programs Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board website

OSU Small Farms beginning and small farmer assistance

Business education resources OSU Small Farms Program website

Portland State University Business Outreach Program

Non-traditional lending sources PSU Business Outreach Program website

Prudential Agricultural Investments

Private lenders Prudential Agricultural Investments website

Quality samples program

Grant and technical assistance programs USDA Foreign Ag Service Quality Samples Program

Rabo AgriFinance

Private lenders Rabo AgriFinance website

Rogue Farm Corps

Business education resources Rogue Farm Corps website

RSF Social Finance

Non-traditional lending sources RSF Social Finance website

Small Business Innovation and Research Grants

Grant and technical assistance programs Small Business Innovation and Research website

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Grant and technical assistance programs Oregon Association of Conservation Districts website

Technical assistance for specialty crops (TASC)

Grant and technical assistance programs USDA Foreign Ag Service TASC

Treasure Valley Community College

Business education resources Treasure Valley Community College website

U.S. Small Business Administration business guide

Business planning US Small Business Administration business guide

USDA Farm Service Agency

Government loans, micro-loans, and loan guarantees USDA Farm Service Agency website

USDA Grants and Loans

Government loans and loan guarantees USDA grants and loans

USDA NRCS cost-share programs

Grant and technical assistance programs NRCS Oregon website

USDA Risk Management Agency

Risk management plans and insurance USDA Risk Management Agency website

USDA Service Centers, find your local center

Grant and technical assistance programs USDA Service Centers locator

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Grant and technical assistance programs Bureau of Reclamation grants

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grants

Grant and technical assistance programs Western SARE website

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Conta​ct​

Karla Valness
Special Assistant to the Director
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4554
Kathryn Walker
Special Assistant to the Director
Phone: 503-986-4558
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