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Illinois

Animal Auctions:

Greenville Livestock Auction Inc. (Greenville, IL): Auctioning cattle every Wednesday.

http://greenvillelivestockauction.com/

Reel Livestock Center (Congerville, IL): Auctioning cattle, sheep, goats, feeder pigs, and more from 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Hay and straw sale from 11 a.m. every Wednesday.

http://reellivestock.blogspot.com

 

Seed Supplies:

National Seed (Lisle, IL): Supplying grass, wildflower, and state seed mixtures.

http://natseed.com/index.html

Belmont Feed & Seed (Chicago, IL): Supplying seeds as well as birds, beekeeping equipment, and more.

https://www.belmontfeedandseed.com/

Kelly Seed & Hardware Co. (Peoria, IL): Providing a variety of seed including bluegrass, perennial rye, alfalfa, clover, oats, and more.

http://kellyseedco.com/

 

Grants:

The University of Illinois Extension provides a list of resources including grants and grant resources, loans, and crowdfunding here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/grants.html

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The New Illinois Farmers website offers a list of resources for new farmers, including some from the University of Illinois Extension, on their website: http://newillinoisfarmers.org/beginning_farmer.php

 

Indiana

Animal Auctions:

Springville Feeder Auction Association (Springville, IN): Selling calves, yearlings, and cows at various points throughout the year. Full schedule of auctions available on website.

http://www.springvillefeederauction.org/

Topeka Livestock Auction (Topeka, IN): Tuesday cattle sales every week, special heifer springer sales on the 2nd Thursday of every month, feeder sale on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and organic dairy auctions in the spring and fall. Draft horse sales in the spring and fall, driving horse sales every 2nd month, and pony and buggy horse auctions twice a year.

http://www.topekalivestock.com

 

Seed Supplies:

Wanamaker Feed & Seed (Wanamaker, IN): Selling over 100 varieties of bulk vegetable seeds and more.

https://www.wanamakerfs.com/

Spence Restoration Nursery (Muncie, IN): Producing and supplying over 140 species of various woodland, wetland, and prairie seeds in commercial quantities.

http://www.spencenursery.com/Index/home.php

 

Grants:

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture offers a list of open federal and local grants on their website: https://www.in.gov/isda/2474.htm

North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) also offers farming grants for farmers in Indiana which are listed on their website here: https://www.northcentralsare.org/State-Programs/Indiana/SARE-Grants-Offered-in-Indiana

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Purdue Extension provides resources about how to get started as a farmer, including online training modules, books, and PDF files of relevant information, available here: https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/smallfarms/resources/beginning-farmer/getting-started/

 

Michigan

Animal Auctions:

Lake Odessa Livestock Auction (Lake Odessa, MI): Sale every Tuesday, with dairy cattle sale beginning at 1 p.m., deacon calves followed by sheep, hogs, and goats at 2 p.m., feeder cattle at 5 p.m., and fat cattle followed by bulls and cull calves at 6 p.m. Dairy heifer sale on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

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

United Producers (Manchester, MI): Auctions every Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. selling cattle, sheep, goats, and more.

http://www.uproducers.com/map_post/manchester-mi-united-producers/

 

Seed Supplies:

Debruyn Seed Store (Zeeland, MI): Supplying a full line of grass, flower, and vegetable seed.

http://www.debruynseed.com/

Main Street Seed & Supply (Bay City, MI): Supplying bulk vegetable and flower seed as well as grass seed, wildlife habitat seed, and promo seed packets.

https://www.mainstreetseedandsupply.com/Default.asp

 

Grants:

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development supplies a list of grants and funding opportunities to increase the competitiveness of specialty crops, promote expansion of value-added agriculture production in Michigan, and support infrastructure in rural communities. This information is available on their website here: https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1570_51684-423804–,00.html

 

Resources for New Farmers:

Michigan Food & Farming Systems supports beginning farmers through their Farming Development Centers, Farmers Without Acres program, and more. Find out about their services here: http://www.miffs.org/services/beginning_farmers

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems also provides training and development tools to increase new farm success. Information about this can be found here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/michigans-emerging-farmers/

 

Ohio

Animal Auctions:

Mt. Hope Auction (Mt. Hope, OH): Weekly livestock auction held every Wednesday and regular animal and bird sales scheduled on website.

http://www.mthopeauction.com/

Jackson Livestock Auction (Degraff, OH): Livestock sales every Monday and 1st Saturday of every month.

http://jacksonlivestock.net/

The Kidron Auction (Kidron, OH): Hay, straw, and livestock auctions every Thursday.

http://www.kidronauction.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Oliger Seed Company (Akron, OH): Supplying grazing mixes, wildflowers, rye, and more.

https://www.oligerseed.com/

Buckeye Seed & Supply (Canton, OH): Wholesale seed suppliers of vegetable, plant, and grass seeds.

http://buckeyeseed.com

 

Grants:

The Ohio State University website has a section on Ohio Direct Marketing Food & Agriculture which includes links to grants and loan opportunities for Ohio farmers here: https://u.osu.edu/fox.264/2014/02/17/grants-and-low-interest-loans-for-agricultural-enterprises/comment-page-1/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

Begin Farming Ohio is a website which offers relevant information and assistance to new and beginning farmers. This website is available here: http://www.beginfarmingohio.org/

 

Wisconsin

Animal Auctions:

Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association (Various locations, WI): On the Equity website, in the Marketing Info > Sales Schedule section, there are schedules for regular sales held in 14 different Wisconsin towns.

http://www.equitycoop.com/

Premier Livestock & Auctions (Owen, WI): Auction every Monday of fed/market cattle from 10 a.m.; feeder cattle every Tuesday from 11 a.m.; dairy every Wednesday from 11 a.m.; goats, sheep, swine, and calves every Thursday from 12 p.m.; regular other sales throughout the week scheduled on website.

http://www.premierlivestockandauctions.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Jung Seed Garden Center (Various locations, WI): Supplying vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seed and more in locations in Madison, Randolph, Stevens Point, and Sun Prairie.

https://www.jungseed.com/

Jay-Mar Inc. (Plover, WI): Supplying a variety of farm and garden seed as well as other agricultural and garden supplies.

http://www.jay-mar.com/

 

Grants:

The Wisconsin Farmers Union offers a small grant program which is described on their website here: https://www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/grant-program

The University of Wisconsin Extension provides information about SARE grants, which support sustainable agriculture. You can find their information and links here: https://fyi.uwex.edu/sustag/resources/sare-grants/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The University of Wisconsin Extension also provides resources for beginning, rural-lifestyle, and small farms which offer training, information, and conferences here: https://fyi.uwex.edu/smallfarms/resources/beginning-farmer-programs/