Comprehensive Publication for Beginning Farmers

Cultivate the Soil: Resources for Beginning and Small Scale Farmers and Ranchers in Washington State is a 2008 Publication by Megan McPhaden from the Washington State Housing/Finance Commission Beginning Farmer/Rancher Loan Program.

It provides comprehensive information on financing and loan programs, business planning, marketing, finding land, insurance and risk management, energy efficiency, education, organic farming, and minority-specific programs.

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