Producer
Resources

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a mediation program which can be utilized to assist parties with several types of disputes. These disputes include Agricultural credit issues (FSA and non-FSA agriculture loans), Federal land conflicts, Oil and gas disputes, and Water drainage issues.

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FSA makes loans to individual young persons to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organization.

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FSA makes loans to individual young persons to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organization.

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Farm Ownership Loans offer up to 100 percent financing and are a valuable resource to help farmers and ranchers purchase or enlarge family farms, improve and expand current operations, increase agricultural productivity, and assist with land tenure to save farmland for future generations. Loans are capped at $600,000.

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FSA's Direct Farm Operating Loans are a valuable resource to start, maintain and strengthen a farm or ranch. For new agricultural producers, FSA's Direct Farm Operating Loans provide an essential gateway into agricultural production by financing the cost of operating a farm.

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The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and to help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought. The ECP does this by giving ranchers and farmers funding and assistance to repair the damaged farmland or to install methods for water conservation.

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These loans help producers who suffer qualifying farm related losses directly caused by the disaster in a county declared or designated as a primary disaster or quarantine area. Also, farmers located in counties that are contiguous to the declared, designated, or quarantined area may qualify for Emergency loans.

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These loans provide low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities.

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FSA's Guaranteed Farm Loan Programs help family farmers and ranchers to obtain loans from USDA-approved commercial lenders at reasonable terms to buy farmland or finance agricultural production.

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Voluntary program that provides dairy operations with risk management coverage that will pay producers when the difference (the margin) between the national price of milk and the average cost of feed falls below a certain level selected by the program participants.

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Program Description: Provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.

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Program Description: Marketing assistance loans provide interim financing at harvest time to help agricultural producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.

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Program Description: Marketing assistance loans provide interim financing at harvest time to help agricultural producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are typically at harvest-time lows.

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Program Description: SDBFBP is a tax-exempt bond program designed to assist beginning farmers in the State of South Dakota to acquire agricultural property at lower interest rates.

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The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers a mediation program which can be utilized to assist parties with several types of disputes. These disputes include Agricultural credit issues (FSA and non-FSA agriculture loans), Federal land conflicts, Oil and gas disputes, and Water drainage issues.

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Grants from the Coordinated Natural Resources Conservation Grant Fund are available for projects that show a natural resource conservation benefit to the state.

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Forage and Grazing Resources


Mental Health Resources

From the South Dakota Farmers Union

Where to Get Help

  • If it's an emergency, Call 9-1-1
  • For FirstLink Help Line, call 2-1-1
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (available 24 hours/day), 1-800-273-8255 Text HOME to 741741
  • Farm Aid Hotline 800-327-6243
  • US Department of Health & Human Services:
    • https://www.mentalhealth.gov
    • https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
  • South Dakota Department of Social Services:
    • https://dss.sd.gov/
  • Farm and Rural Stress Hotline – Avera:
    • https://www.avera.org/services/behavioral-health/farmer-stress-hotline/
  • National Farmers Union Farm Crisis Center: 
    • www.farmcrisis.nfu.org
  • Mental Health America – Mental Health Screening:
    • https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools

Additional Mental Health Resources

  • Avera
    • https://www.avera.org/services/behavioral-health/
  • Sanford Health
    • https://www.sanfordhealth.org/medical-services/behavioral-health

Educational Resources

  • South Dakota Farmers Union
    • Undergraduate Scholarship: $500
      Agricultural Graduate School Scholarship:$2,500
      https://sdfu.org/education/youth-programs/scholarships/
  • South Dakota Farm Bureau
    • Scholarship for residents planning on returning to rural communities after graduation
      https://www.sdfbf.org/Get-Involved/Scholarships-and-Awards
  • Farmers Union Insurance
    • Offering: $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate students
      https://fuiagency.com/scholarship
  • Farm Credit Services of America
    • $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate students
      https://www.fcsamerica.com/about/community-involvement/scholarships

Job Websites

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