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Search Results: Farm Service Agency (FSA)
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Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Beginning and Low-Equity Farmers: The Case of Aggie BondsMembers only Login
Established in the 1980s, the ‘‘Aggie Bond’’ program provides beginning and low-equity farmers with access to capital. The bonds, which pay tax-exempt interest, may be used by qualifying famers for purchases of farm real estate and equipment. The...
Agricultural Lending: Credit to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Is LimitedMembers only Login
Can women and minorities get the loans they need to buy and operate farms? According to USDA survey data, these "socially disadvantaged" farmers and ranchers get a disproportionately small share of farm loans. More detailed information isn’t...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
Local and Regional Food Financing: An IntroductionMembers only Login
Elanor Starmer and Jim Barham of the USDA share the many economic drivers that a local food system can bring to communities as well as the many tools and resources available from USDA.
USDA Rural Development Finance Training Series: Carroll County, VirginiaMembers only Login
Gary Larrowe, County Administrator with Carroll County, Virginia talks about programs that have been created at the state and local government levels to help finance the businesses and stakeholders involved in a food system. He discusses tax credit...
CDFA-Stifel Webcast: Food Systems Investments Driving New MarketsMembers only Login
The third installment of the CDFA-Stifel Rural Community Development Finance Solutions Webcast Series focused on how food systems investments can be used to drive other markets, benefitting the economy of small and rural towns throughout America.
Growing Investments in Local Food SystemsMembers only Login
Tony Logan, State Director of Ohio Rural Development for the USDA, explains the importance of local and regionalized food systems, in addition to different finance mechanisms through the USDA that benefit local and regional stakeholders.
Financing Your Business in OregonMembers only Login
This guide was developed by USDA Rural Development for existing and prospective rural business owners to identify and explain the many government programs and resources available in Oregon to help plan, develop and finance a business.
Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food SystemsMembers only Login
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition begins this guide with a general overview of the USDA’s structure, followed by descriptions and details of 15 grants and programs that are relevant to local and regional food systems development. Each...
Funding for Food Systems: Four Colorado StoriesMembers only Login
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union released this document highlighting four case studies of food and agriculture entrepreneurs. The report focuses on their various successes and failures accessing capital and expanding their businesses.
USDA - Your Guide to FSA Farm LoansMembers only Login
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) published this guide for people who need financial assistance starting, expanding, or maintaining a farm or ranch. FSA provides information on loan programs, requirements, and application process as well as links to...
The Smart Rural Community - Leveraging Rural BroadbandMembers only Login
The Smart Rural Community by Jesse Ward focuses on the ability of rural communities to use broadband networks to enable a series of applications that the community can leverage for innovative economic development, education, healthcare, governmental...
USDA FSA Microloans Fact SheetMembers only Login
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency created this fact sheet to help beginning, niche and family farm operations understand the Microloan (ML) program. The fact sheet provides information on program overview, eligible uses, application...
USDA Rural Development 2012 Progress ReportMembers only Login
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released this report on rural development programs. The report contains program backgrounds and case studies of projects that have had transcending impacts on rural communities across the nation.
US Department of Agriculture Rural Development
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. USDA Rural Development's financial programs support public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health...
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