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Heifer USA

Changing the way we farm in the United States

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth.

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Heifer USA is proud to support Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative

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Grass Roots is a small-batch meat company delivering monthly shipments of responsibly raised meat to your door. They farm small and dream big, and they are passionate about making sure you know where your food comes from. 

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See the farmers of Grass Roots

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Heifer Ranch

The Ranch is a 1,200-acre training lab and educational facility nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains.

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Training Opportunities

Heifer USA offers farming workshops and training events for current and prospective farmers trying to make a living from small-scale farming.

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Heifer USA offers farming workshops and training events for current and prospective farmers trying to make a living from small-scale farming.

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Using Cooperatives to Change the Way We Farm

Farming, especially on a small scale, is a hard way to make ends meet. Most farmers are forced to supplement their income with off-farm jobs, taking time away from the farm and their families.

Heifer USA helps bring farmers together to build rural, farmer-owned cooperatives in communities that need them most. These cooperatives provide shared services such as marketing, packaging, distribution, credit and loan services.

Farming without a Co‑Op

Farmers receive only an average of 16 cents out of every dollar of food sold.

Infographic showing how farmers typically get 16 cents out of the dollar and 84 cents goes to marketing, packaging, distribution, etc.

Farming in a Co-Op

Heifer USA co-ops return an average of 75 cents of every dollar back to the farmer.

Infographic that shows the co-op model - returning 75 cents out of the dollar back to the farmer, and 25 cents to the co-op

Farming without a Co-Op

Farmers are responsible for their on-the-farm tasks, plus whatever it takes to sell that product.

Infographic showing what farmers are typically responsible for, including packaging, animals, distribution channels, training, technical support, utilities, processing facility, farming equipment, buyer relationships, land and maintenance, and animal food

Farming in a Co-Op

Co-ops provide shared services, allowing farmers to concentrate on growing fresh local food.

Infographic that shows what the farmer is responsible for in a co-op, including animals, utilities, land and maintenance, and farming equipment, while the co-op helps with the rest.

Interested in starting your own sustainable farm?

Check out our upcoming trainings.