Resources For Farmers

Farmer Resource Network

If you are a farmer, Farm Aid is here for you!

We have more than 35 years of experience working with farmers – whether you’re looking to expand your farm or you’re in need of emergency resources. When you contact Farm Aid, our goal is to connect you with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to your individual needs. Our Farmer Resource Network offers many ways for you to connect.


Talk with Farm Aid

Get in touch with our Farmer Services team for one-on-one assistance. Whether you are a beginning or established farmer you can call our Farmer Hotline. Our Farmer Services team is here to help point you towards helpful resources that match your needs.

Fill out our Online Request for Assistance form.

If you need to talk to the Hotline Team directly, give us a call at 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243). We answer the Hotline Monday through Friday from 9am – 10pm ET; 6am – 7pm PT.


Connect with An Organization & Explore our Resources

Use our search tool to find an organization that provides the specific assistance and resources you need.

Our online directory contains more than 750 organizations all over the United States that work directly with farmers on a variety of issues. They are staffed with farm advocates, technical assistance experts, business and finance coaches, counselors and hotline operators that can help connect you with the information and resources you need.


The Farmer Services Team

Farmer Services Team at Farm Aid

Click here to meet our Farmer Services Team


Caitlin Arnold Stephano - 200x200Caitlin Arnold Stephano (she/her) grew up riding the tractor at her Grandfather’s cherry and apple farm in Eastern Washington state, and has been working in agriculture, farmer organizing, and advocacy since 2006. Caitlin holds a Masters in Sustainable Food Systems with a focus on farmer mental health. She currently lives in Southern Maine with her family, and loves exploring the coastal nooks and crannies, walking in the woods, and growing her garden.

Alexandria WardAlexandria Ward comes to the Farm Aid team from a varied background in food systems. Most recently Alexandria worked in the farmers market world where she supported a large network of farmers and producers in the Mid-Atlantic. Her work has also included academic research, policy, and advocacy. Alexandria is constantly inspired by the farmers in this country, and the individuals and organizations that have worked tirelessly to support small scale agriculture, and sustainable and equitable food systems. In her free time Alexandria enjoys biking, reading, listening to music, and sharing good food with friends.

Rachen Van BovenRachel Van Boven comes from a long line of family farmers in both North Dakota and Washington. After many years as a teacher, she decided to reconnect with her family’s farming roots. She has worked on a handful of small farms and completed a farmer training with Viva Farms. Along with training to be a farmer, she has trained to be a chaplain and completed a Masters in Theology with a focus on food and farming. She is passionate about supporting diverse family farms and connecting communities with their local food producers.

Tony GloverTony Glover comes to Farm Aid after a career with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as a farm advisor. Tony holds a Bachelors and Masters of Horticulture and an Education Specialist Graduate degree in Adult Education from Auburn University. Growing up on a farm and working closely with small fruit and vegetable farms in Alabama has given him a passion to help farmers succeed. Currently he is in the process of starting a small blackberry farm with his son.

Molly CareyMolly Carey joins the Farm Aid team from multiple areas of food system work. After farming in Virginia, Molly managed farmers markets in Washington, DC, provided support to a large network of farmers and producers in the mid-Atlantic region, and advocated for federal farm and food policy reform. Molly received a master’s degree in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2022, and continues to work with the school’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems exploring challenges farmers face when 
applying for USDA loans and appealing adverse farm loan decisions. Molly’s research and analysis aims to drive policy solutions that address the potential for lending discrimination and improve farmers’ access to credit. In her spare time, Molly loves rollerblading around DC, seeing live music, dancing, and sharing meals with friends.

Lori MercerLori Mercer comes to Farm Aid after a three-decade career in private practice audiology, the urgency of climate change prompted a need to change vocations in order to participate more directly in contributing to a solution. She returned to graduate school via Washington State University and emerged in 2019 with an MS in Agriculture with a focus in food systems and agroecology. Since then, she’s worked directly with local family farmers in the agriculturally rich valleys surrounding the Seattle area. Directly supporting farmers and ranchers, especially in this era of great upheaval, is an honor and responsibility she embraces.

Elizabeth Gonzalez IbarraElizabeth Gonzalez Ibarra comes to Farm Aid growing up in a Latino household. She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Public Health. She partners with Migrant Clinicians Network as a Health Network Associate and now with Farm Aid as a Hotline Operator for Latinx farmers, hoping to make a difference in the Latinx community. Elizabeth has a passion for helping those in need which has led her to where she is today, working with a team with similar passions. Elizabeth spends most of her free time enjoying the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.


Become A Farm Advocate

If you are interested in helping other farmers yourself, check out our Farm Advocate Link to connect with a community of professionals working one-on-one with farmers to address their needs.

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