New and beginning farmers and ranchers are as diverse as American agriculture itself.
New farmers are growing traditional crops and new varieties, organic produce and heirloom products. They are part of row-crop farms - employing cutting-edge technology and equipment - and community supported agriculture programs - delivering fresh products directly to their neighbors. They are raising beef, pork, dairy cattle, poultry, and fish on operations of every size.
The USDA has recently launched a website designed for new farmers in South Dakota.