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New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers 

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USDA Deputy Secretary - Krysta Harden
USDA Deputy Secretary – Krysta Harden

USDA announced Thursday a commitment to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. The new web tool was designed based on feedback from new and beginning farmers and ranchers around the country, who cited unfamiliarity with programs and resources as a challenge to starting and expanding their operations. The site features advice and guidance on everything a new farm business owner needs to know, from writing a business plan, to obtaining a loan to grow their business, to filing taxes as a new small business owner, according to USDA.made the announcements at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. The web tool can be found at USDA dot gov slash new farmers (www.usda.gov/newfarmers).