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Florida

Animal Auctions:

Arcadia Small Animal Auction (Arcadia, FL): Animal auctions held every Friday at 7 p.m. Bird and reptile auction every 2nd Saturday at 2 p.m. Horse and tack sale every 2nd Saturday at 5 p.m.

http://www.arcadiasmallanimalauction.org/home

Cattlemen’s Livestock Market (Lakeland, FL): Cattle sale every Tuesday beginning at 12 p.m.

http://cattlemenslivestockauction.com

 

Seed Supplies:

Seed World (Odessa, FL): Supplying lawn, pasture, wildlife, and golf seed.

https://www.seedworldusa.com/

Hancock Seed (Dade City, FL): Supplying a wide variety of seed including barley, fescue grass, quinoa, and perennial peanut seed.

https://hancockseed.com/

Standard Feed and Seed (Jacksonville, FL): Supplying a variety of seed as well as animal feed and pet supplies.

https://standardfeedandseed.com/

 

Grants:

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services lists grant opportunities for farmers: https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Business-Services/Grant-Opportunities

The University of Florida also provides a list of various funding agencies and loan options for farmers and co-ops: http://smallfarms.ifas.ufl.edu/planning_and_management/loans_and_grants.html

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The IFAS Extension of the University of Florida offers information for beginning farmers and ranchers in areas such as financing, business management, training and education, and more here: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive/hot_topics/agriculture/beginning_farmers.shtml

 

Georgia

Animal Auctions:

Northeast Georgia Livestock (Athens, GA): Cattle sale every Wednesday at 12 noon.

http://negalivestock.com/

 Full list of Georgia animal auctions available on the Georgia Department of Agriculture website.

http://agr.georgia.gov/1livestock-sales-and-events-calendar.aspx

 

Seed Supplies:

Cherokee Feed & Seed (Ball Ground and Gainesville, GA): Supplying a wide variety of vegetable seed available by pound or by scoop.

http://www.cherokeefeedandseed.com/

Neighbors Feed & Seed Supply Co. (Smyrna, GA): Supplying Southern Exposure seeds including vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seed.

http://www.neighborsfeedandseed.com/

 

Grants:

The Georgia Department of Agriculture lists federal and private grants and loans on their website: http://agr.georgia.gov/grants.aspx

The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission lists several programs to support small farms here: https://gaswcc.georgia.gov/programs-assist-small-farms

Georgia Organics also provides information about and links to grants, cost shares, and loans for farmers: https://georgiaorganics.org/for-farmers/grants-cost-shares-and-loans/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Northwest Georgia and Rolling Hills Resource Conservation and Development Council offer an extensive small farmer resource guide, available here: http://extension.uga.edu/content/dam/extension-county-offices/bartow-county/anr/Small%20Farmer%20Resources%20Guide.pdf

 

North Carolina

Animal Auctions:

WNC Regional Livestock Center (Canton, NC): Cattle sale every Monday and regular sheep and goat sales scheduled on website.

http://wncregionallivestockcenter.com/

Cleveland County Agriculture & Livestock Exchange (Shelby, NC): Cattle auction every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and small animal auction every other Friday at 7 p.m. with miscellaneous items beginning at 6:30 p.m.

http://shelbyccale.com/main.html

 

Seed Supplies:

Sow True Seed (Asheville, NC): Selling open-pollinated, non-GMO, untreated seed including greens, heirloom and organic vegetables, herb, and flower seed.

https://sowtrueseed.com

Country Farm & Home (Pittsboro, NC): Selling cover crop, flowers, lawn, livestock forage, and vegetable seed.

https://chathamfarmsupply.com

 

Grants:

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) has compiled the following list of grants and loans available to farmers in the Southern Appalachian region, some of which are applicable to North Carolina farmers. Information can be found on their website here: http://asapconnections.org/category/farmer-tools/grants-and-loans/

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services website provides links to other grant opportunities on their website here: http://www.ncagr.gov/grants/

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services website offers information about the Small and Minority Farm Program which provides services to small, limited-resource and minority farmers, available here: http://www.ncagr.gov/smallfarms/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The North Carolina State University Extension provides an extensive list of resources for new and beginning farmers and growers which is available here: https://localfood.ces.ncsu.edu/local-food-production/local-food-new-producers/

The Growing Small Farms section of the North Carolina State University Extension website offers more information for farmers here: https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-resources/

 

South Carolina

Animal Auctions:

Woods Livestock Auction (Edgefield, SC): Horse auction every 3rd Saturday selling horses and horse related items. New tack starts at 4 p.m., horses at 7 p.m. Special sales on schedule.

https://www.facebook.com/woodslivestock

Upstate Livestock Exchange (Williamston, SC): Weekly livestock auction every Monday from 10 a.m.

http://www.upstatelivestock.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Piedmont Farm & Garden Supply (Spartanburg, SC): Selling a variety of vegetable, greens, and cover crop seed.

http://www.piedmontfarmandgarden.com/

Sal’s Ol’Timey Seed & Feed (Columbia, SC): Selling local, non-GMO seed of various types.

https://www.salslocalseed.com/

 

Grants:

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture website provides a list of grant opportunities from their own department and federal sources here: https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/external-affairs-economic-development/grants/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Clemson University Cooperative Extension South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer program provides resources for new farmers to be successful, productive, and innovative members of their agricultural community. Information about the program is available here: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/newfarmer/

 

Virginia

Animal Auctions:

Virginia Livestock Auction (Front Royal, VA): Weekly cattle sale every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and slaughter cattle sale on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.

http://virginialivestockllc.webs.com/

Tri-State Livestock Market (Abingdon, VA): Livestock sale every Friday.

https://www.abingdonstockyardproperties.com/projects/tri-state-livestock-market/

 

Seed Supplies:

Roxbury Farm & Garden Center (Fredericksburg, VA): Supplying non-GMO bulk vegetable seed and other farm and garden supplies.

https://roxburyfarmgarden.com/

Merrifield Garden Center (Falls Church, Fairfax, and Gainesville, VA): Supplying vegetable and flower seeds, seed starting kits, and more.

https://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/starting-from-seed/

 

Grants:

The Virginia Food System Council offers grants for farmers and agricultural development projects here: http://www.virginiafoodsystemcouncil.org/grants

There is also information about the Value Added Producer Grant on the website of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability here: https://www.vafairs.com/services-technical-assistance/grant-assistance/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition aims to improve beginning farmers’ and ranchers’ opportunities in Virginia. You can find information about this here: https://www.vabeginningfarmer.alce.vt.edu/

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides various resources for new farmers, including guidance about how to start a farm, here: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/agriculture-start-a-farm.shtml

 

West Virginia

Animal Auctions:

Jackson County Regional Livestock Auction (Ripley, WV): Livestock auction every Saturday morning from 11 a.m.

http://jcrlm.com/

Cattlemen’s Livestock Exchange (Lewisburg, WV): Weekly auction starting at 2 p.m. beginning with small stock (hogs, sheep, goats), then pregnant cows, cow-calf pairs, feeder calves, slaughter cows and bulls.

https://cattlemenslivestockexchange.com/

 

Seed Supplies:

Garrett Company Seed & Supply (Weston, WV): Supplying seed and other farm supplies.

http://garrettcompanywv.com/

L&M Farms (Lost Creek, WV): Supplying seasonal produce and seeds.

http://www.agrilicious.org/L-M-Farms

 

Grants:

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture offers a list of grant and training opportunities for farmers here: https://agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/marketinganddevelopment/Pages/Grant-and-Training-Opportunities.aspx

The West Virginia Farmers Market Association also provides a list of resources for finding funding as a farmer or farmers market, which can be found here: http://wvfarmers.org/finding-funding/

 

Resources for New Farmers:

The West Virginia University Extension offers a Farm Management section which includes a section for beginning farmers which doesn’t contain a lot of information currently but will presumably be updated in future. This can be found here: https://extension.wvu.edu/agriculture/farm-management

The USDA West Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service website provides information about their outreach for small and limited or beginning farmers and ranchers, which you can find here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wv/about/outreach/slbfr/