Farm Aid's Work

Supporting Family Farmers

Since 1985, Farm Aid has worked to keep family farmers on the land by providing immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. We help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.

Farm Aid Hotline

Through the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline and email service, Farm Aid’s in-house Farm Advocate refers farmers to an extensive network of family farm and rural support organizations across the country. Referrals provide immediate support to farm families in crisis and farmers seeking to transition to more sustainable farming practices, as well as for individuals looking to become farmers.

Call the Hotline

If you need to talk to someone directly, we are here to listen. You can call our farmer hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243). Joe and other Farm Aid staff answer the hotline Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm eastern time.

Access the Hotline Online

You can also reach out to our Farm Advocate through our Online Request for Assistance Form and we’ll get back to you via email or by phone.

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Farmer Resource Network

For more than 30 years, Farm Aid has created a database of more than 700 organizations that provide guidance for new farmers, direct assistance to farmers in crisis, and support for farmers looking to transition to more sustainable production methods and markets. Through the Farmer Resource Network, Farm Aid makes connections between individuals, farm service organizations, and businesses to address challenges and create opportunities for farmers.

Online Directory Search Tool

Our Farmer Resource Network search tool points farmers and advocates to our most trusted resources.

Resource Guides

We’ve created Resource Guides for some of our favorite resources on topics we get contacted on the most.

Resource Spotlight Blog

Our Resource Spotlight Blog highlights upcoming webinars and conferences, new publications, and other timely information.


“Homeplace Under Fire”

This documentary film tells the story of the grassroots work of American farm advocates and their 30 year fight to keep family farmers on the land. The Farm Crisis of the 1980s drove hundreds of thousands of family farmers into foreclosure. Yet, out of that crisis arose a legion of farm advocates who refused to stand idly by and watch their way of life be destroyed. Ordinary Americans taught themselves extraordinary skills. As fellow farmers, farm wives, and rural leaders, they studied laws and regulations, started hotlines, answered farmers’ calls from their kitchen tables, counseled their neighbors, and went toe-to-toe with lenders – giving their all to keep their neighbors on the land.

Learn more about Homeplace Under Fire


Farm Advocate Link

The Farm Advocate Link is a national network of Farm Advocates. Its mission is to train, support and recruit a new generation of Farm Advocates in service to America’s family farmers.

Dig in to discover the history of Farm Advocates and how you can get involved

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