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Iowa

Animal Auctions:

Manchester Livestock Auction (Manchester, IA): Tuesday auctions begin at 8:15 a.m. Every 2nd Friday sheep and goat auctions start at 9:30 a.m. and cattle auctions begin at 11 a.m.

http://www.manchesterauction.com/mla.htm

Denison Livestock Auction (Denison, IA): Regular Saturday sale with hog, sheep, and cattle sales beginning at 8:30 a.m. and miscellaneous, hay, and farm items beginning at 9 a.m.

https://www.denisonlivestock.com/

Tama Livestock Auction (Tama, IA): Fat cattle sales every Wednesday. Other regular sales on Mondays and Fridays.

http://www.tamalivestock.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Hendricks Feed & Seed (Dubuque, IA): Supplying lawn seed, corn seed, and soybean products.

http://www.hendricksfeed.com/

Sand Hill Preservation Center (Calamus, IA): Supplying a wide variety of vegetable, herb, grain, flower, and specialty seed.

https://www.sandhillpreservation.com/

 

Grants:

Iowa Source Link provides links to federal grants, loans, and resources as well as state financing and tax credit programs here: https://www.iasourcelink.com/funding/programs-and-resources-for-agriculture

 

Resources for New Farmers:

Iowa State University Extension offers their Ag Link program, which links beginning farmers with retiring farmers to create a new partnership to keep ongoing farms active: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/farm

They also offer a variety of information for new farmers here: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/valueaddedag/page/resources-iowa-farm-transition-and-beginning-farmers

 

Kansas

Animal Auctions:

El Dorado Livestock Auction (El Dorado, KS): Sale of stock cows and bulls, calves, feeder cattle, and butcher cows and bulls every Thursday at 10 a.m.

http://www.eldoradolivestock.com/

Colby Livestock Auction (Colby, KS): Cattle sale every Thursday at 12 noon. Hogs sold on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 12 noon. Sheep and goats sold on the 1st Monday of every month at 11 a.m. and the 3rd Thursday of the month after the cattle sale. Horses and tack sold on the 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

http://colbylivestock.com/

Winfield Livestock Auction (Winfield, KS): Cattle sale every Thursday at 11 a.m. and hay sale at 10 a.m.

http://winfieldlivestockauct.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Drussel’s Seed and Supply (Garden City, KS): Supplying wheat, grain sorghum, soybean, and more seed.

http://www.drusselseedandsupply.com/

Hillside Feed & Seed Store (Wichita, KS): Supplying a variety of grass and vegetable seed.

http://www.hillsidefeed.com/

 

Grants:

The Kansas Department of Agriculture keeps an updated list of open grants and cost share programs for Kansas farmers available here: http://agriculture.ks.gov/kda-services/grants-and-cost-share-programs

The Kansas Farm Bureau also provides a list of grants, primarily for farming education: https://www.kfb.org/Foundation-for-Agriculture/Grants

 

Resources for New Farmers:

Kansas State University provides links to some resources for beginning farmers here: http://kansassustainableag.org/beginningfarmer

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Kansas website also offers resources for small and limited and beginning farmers and ranchers. They aim to provide technical practices and information that are relevant to the needs of these farmers and ranchers. These links are available here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ks/about/outreach/slbfr/

 

Minnesota

Animal Auctions:

Long Prairie Livestock Auction (Long Prairie, MN): Feeder sale beginning at 4 p.m. every Tuesday and regular Saturday sales.

https://www.lpsalebarn.com/

Tri-County Livestock Exchange (Motley, MN): Auctions every Wednesday selling all classes of cattle, hogs, and sheep, beginning with feeder cattle from 9 a.m.

https://www.salebarninfo.com/tri-county-livestock-motley-mn/

Fergus Falls Livestock Auction (Fergus Falls, MN): Selling all classes of cattle every Tuesday from 8 a.m.

https://www.salebarninfo.com/fergus-falls-mn-livestock-market/

 

Seed Supplies:

Woods Farmer Seed & Nursery (Waite Park, MN): Selling a wide selection of heirloom, vegetable, herb, flower, wildflower, and organic seeds, many of which are non-GMO.

http://www.woodsfarmerseed.com/

Farmer Seed & Nursery (Faribault, MN): Selling many varieties of flower, fruit, and vegetable seed.

https://www.farmerseed.com/

 

Grants:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture website lists a number of grants for agricultural development here: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants.aspx

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture website offers resources for beginning and transitioning farmers, including information about finding land, finances, farm management planning, help, legal services, networking and mentoring, available here: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/sustainable/mfo/beginningfarmer/land.aspx

 

Missouri

Animal Auctions:

Lolli Bros Livestock Market (Macon, MO): Regular livestock markets including alternative livestock (e.g. bison, camels, miniature and standard donkeys). Schedule available on website.

http://www.lollibros.com/

Schachtele Auction Barn (Keytesville, MO): Small animal auction held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

http://schachteleauction.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Planters Seed Co. (Kansas City, MO): Providing bulk seed as well as teas, coffees, and spices.

https://plantersseed.com/

Morgan County Seeds (Barnett, MO): Supplying a wide variety of vegetable and other seeds, including organic options.

https://www.morgancountyseeds.com/

 

Grants:

The Missouri Department of Agriculture website provides information about and links to a variety of different funding options for farmers in Missouri, including information about relevant tax credits. This information is available here: https://agriculture.mo.gov/abd/financial/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The University of Missouri offers their Missouri Beginning Farmers online learning community, which offers information about programs and financial assistance, livestock, soils and natural resources, cropping systems, farm equipment, financial management, and more, available here: https://beginningfarmers.missouri.edu/

 

Nebraska

Animal Auctions:

Wahoo Livestock Commission (Wahoo, NE): Livestock sale beginning at 12 noon every Friday.

http://wahoolivestock.com/

West Point Livestock Auction (West Point, NE): Livestock auction every Thursday beginning with cattle at 10 a.m., feeders at 12:30 p.m., and concluding with bred cow/calf pairs.

http://www.westpointlivestock.com/

Bassett Livestock Auction (Bassett, NE): Cattle sales held every Wednesday.

http://bassettlivestock.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Stock Seed Farms (Murdock, NE): Supplying seeds for grasses, wildflowers, legumes, and more.

http://www.stockseed.com/

The Seed House (O’Neill, NE): Supplying a complete line of corn, soybeans, grasses, forages, wildlife mixes, organic crops, and all other specialty crops.

http://www.theseedhouse.com/index.html

Miller Seed & Supply Co. (York, NE): Supplying turf and ag grasses, alfalfa, small grains, garden seeds, soy beans, and corn.

http://www.millerseedco.com/

 

Grants:

The Nebraska Agricultural Education provides a list of grant opportunities for farmers on their website here: http://neaged.org/grants.html

The Center for Rural Affairs also offers information specifically about Value Added Agriculture grants for Nebraska farmers here: http://www.cfra.org/policy/state/valueadded

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Next Gen program on the Official Nebraska Government Website offers a variety of resources for new and established farmers, available here: http://www.nextgen.nebraska.gov/resources.html

You can also find information about financial, educational, and technical assistance needs at the Nebraska Beginning Farmer website here: http://nebraskabeginningfarmer.org/

 

North Dakota

Animal Auctions:

Kist Livestock Auction Company (Mandan, ND): Regular cattle sales every Wednesday; horse and dairy sales held the last Saturday of every month; buffalo sales every February and December; various other sales scheduled on website.

http://kistlivestockauction.com/

Rugby Livestock Auction (Rugby, ND): Regular Monday livestock sales scheduled on website.

http://www.rugbylivestockauction.com/

Napoleon Livestock Auction (Napoleon, ND): Livestock sale held every Thursday.

http://www.napoleonlivestock.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

C&C Farms (Donnybrook, ND): Supplying a variety of seed such as oats, beans, peas, durum, and more.

http://www.ccseedfarm.com/

Chesak Seed House (Bismarck, ND): Selling hay and pasture, cover crop, flower and native reclamation, and lawn seed.

http://chesakseedhouse.com/

 

Grants:

The North Dakota State University Extension has a Farm and Ranch Recreation Resource Directory which offers extensive information for farmers, including information about grants, loans, and other funding sources here: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/archive/ccv/ced/resources/farmranch/section9.htm

The USDA North Dakota Rural Development website offers information about rural business development grants in North Dakota here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants/nd

The USDA North Dakota Rural Development website also provides information about value added producer grants for North Dakota farmers here: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants/nd

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The North Dakota State University Extension has a Farm and Ranch Recreation Resource Directory which offers extensive information for farmers and ranchers including information about funding sources, marketing in North Dakota, legal considerations, building codes, and more, available here: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/archive/ccv/ced/resources/farmranch/introduction.htm

The North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association website includes a variety of information for farmers and growers including community resources, producer and grower resources, and farmers market resources here: https://www.ndfarmersmarkets.org/resources

 

South Dakota

Animal Auctions:

Belle Fourche Livestock Market (Belle Fourche, SD): Livestock sale day every Thursday.

http://bellefourchelivestock.com/

Burke Livestock Auction (Burke, SD): Cattle auction every Saturday with weigh ups beginning at 10 a.m.

http://www.burkelivestock.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Warrington Seed (Bristol, SD): Selling a wide variety of seed and providing farming information.

https://www.facebook.com/Warrington-Seed-1696172170697971/

The Plantsmyth (Rapid City, SD): Selling garden seed, soil amendments, and more.

http://www.theplantsmyth.com/

 

Grants:

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture website offers information about and links to grants for farmers, producer groups, and individuals here: https://sdda.sd.gov/grants/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture website has a Farm Link which creates a directory of beginning farmers and ranchers and current or retiring farmers and ranchers to facilitate skills mentoring and land transition relationships. This resource is available here: https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-development/farm-link/farm-link.aspx

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture website also offers specific information for beginning farmers and ranchers here: https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-development/beginning-farmers-ranchers/