apply for a loan, learn about water conservation, get involved in your
The information provided below is to assist you in identifying local USDA offices. This is not an exhaustive list of resources, and we encourage you to notify us of any links that you think should be added by e-mailing us at AdvocacyandOutreach@osec.usda.gov.
Descriptive summaries about each of the below
listed locator tools is provided in the following section.
USDA Service Center Locator
Find your local office for Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD).
USDA Service Centers are designed to be a single
location where customers can access the services provided by
FSA, NRCS, and RD. This web site will provide the address of a USDA Service
Center and other Agency offices serving your area, along with information
on how to contact them.
USDA Cooperative Extension System Offices
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the federal partner in the Cooperative Extension System. It provides federal funding to the system and, through program leadership, helps the system identify and address current issues and problems.
FSA State Office Websites
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes and guarantees loans to family farmers and ranchers to promote, build, and sustain family farms in support of a thriving agricultural economy. FSA maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC, with offices located in each state, usually in a state capital or near a state land-grant university, as well as in most agriculturally productive counties. Farmers may apply for direct loans at local FSA offices. Guaranteed loans may be available from local commercial lenders who apply for loan guarantees from FSA. Although general information may be obtained from headquarters and state offices, all programs are administered through local offices.
The goal of FSA's farm loan programs is to graduate its borrowers to commercial credit. Once a farmer is able to obtain credit from the commercial lending sector, the Agency's mission of providing temporary, supervised credit is complete.
NRCS Center Regional
Boundaries, State Offices, Centers
NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. NRCS works at the local level– in field offices at USDA Service Centers in nearly every county across the nation. NRCS employees’ understanding of local resource concerns and challenges result in conservation solutions that last.
RMA helps producers manage their business
risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions.
RMA's mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management
solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America's
agricultural producers. As part of this mission, RMA operates and
manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).
USDA Risk Management
Agency (RMA) Regional Office (RO) State Directory
ROs are RMA's eyes in the field, keeping in close contact with local producers, grower groups, universities, and government agencies. ROs provide information on local pilot programs, growing conditions, participating crop reinsurance companies/agents, and events.
USDA RD Agencies and Office Websites
RD financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. RD promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. RD offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. RD provides technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs.
Program assistance is provided in many ways, including direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials.
The Outreach Directory is a listing of projects funded by a USDA Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher (OASDFR) Competitive Grant. Organizations awarded grants offer various types of assistance that improve access to USDA Programs and Services. The directory provides a summary of projects; the geographic region serviced; and the organization’s contact information.