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Agriculture Finance Resource Center

Agriculture finance is one of the most important components of state and local development finance efforts. Agriculture remains one of the country’s most important and productive industries and is the primary economic engine for most rural communities. From beginning and established farmers to agriculture production and processing, the needs of the agriculture industry are vast. Resources are also very limited and the barriers to capital for agriculture are daunting. Dozens of states offer financing resources such as loan funds, grants and aggie bonds to assist with the agriculture industry. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides vast resources to rural communities to support agricultural development.

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+Understanding Agriculture Finance

Supporting Rural & Small Town Development in Minnesota
Urban communities like Minneapolis and St. Paul are not the only places looking for help to fund economic development. Minnesota is filled with rural communities and small towns who are also in need of financing strategies. A number of creative and important financing tools exist to assist rural and small town development. Bob Madsen (AgStar Financial Services) the cutting-edge strategies driving development in the state.
Introduction to Rural Development Finance
A glance into rural development finance in areas like agribusiness, energy, water and facilities is presented by Will LaDuca of CoBank.
Rural Development Mission
USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director, Janie Dunning, speaks about community economic development, local foods, and bio-economy in the context of rural development in Missouri and the programs, tools, and financial assistance available to communities.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your Funding
USDA Rural Development State Director, Colleen Callahan, presents about food systems and the programs and grants to fund successful food systems in rural America. One of the main programs available is called "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food."
PA Ag Lending Programs
Gary Smith and Jodi Gauker of Chester County Economic Development Council detail the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program and other financing structures for lending credit to agricultural purposes in their area.
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Harvey Rogers, Economic Development Financing in Oregon: from the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Harvey Rogers described the current bond market in Oregon and explored bond financing case examples which prove their effectiveness in addressing critical infrastructure needs.
Financing Solutions for Rural Food and Agricultural Systems: Aggie Bonds
Tammy Nebola from Iowa Finance Authority covers Beginning Farmer Loan “Aggie Bond” Program from the perspective of the most active issuer of the bonds.
CDFA Annual Volume Cap Report: An Analysis of 2015 Private Activity Bond & Volume Cap Trends
This annual CDFA report reviews the use of private activity bond volume cap and the issuance of cap-subject private activity bonds in every state.
IRS Publication 4078: Private Activity Bonds
This IRS Publication 4078, Tax-Exempt Private Activity Bonds, provides a revised overview of the general federal tax law rules that apply to qualified private activity bonds.
Why Bond Financing?
Toby Rittner of CDFA shares the importance that bonds play in the world of development finance, detailing the many different variations of this loan mechanism.
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+Training Courses

The Intro Rural Finance Training Course focuses on how the development finance toolbox can be structured to support rural communities and help them with strategies to invest in infrastructure, redevelopment, and job creation. This course differs from other curriculums in that it focuses on designing programs targeted to serve rural communities.

Leaders in rural and agricultural development finance will discuss how to develop and establish long-term financing within rural communities. In addition, the course will highlight successful programs that are working throughout the country in communities with varying levels of capacity and size. Topics discussed during the course include targeted financing programs available at the federal, state, and local levels for rural communities, along with best practices for employing these financing programs.

+Webcasts

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Opportunities and Advancements in Water Finance
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, learn from expert speakers Jordan Dorfman from the EPA, Tyler Old from PFM, John DeLuca from CoBank, and Jong Sook Nee from McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC as they discuss developments in the water finance space and how different financing mechanisms like bonds, RLFs, P3s, and other tools are being used to address today’s water infrastructure projects.
Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit Webinar - Rural Development Staff
The Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit can be used as a guide to help organizations and community leaders better understand the complex process that is required to successfully develop and construct a new facility. This webinar is designed to train Rural Development staff how to effectively use the toolkit by discussing the major capacity, credit, and logistical challenges that particularly confront America’s small towns and rural areas. The webinar will focus on sections within the Community Facilities Infrastructure Toolkit, which include concept development, planning, designing, environmental compliance, finance, and construction.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Connecting CRA to Development Finance Projects
The role of CRA in forwarding development finance initiatives is explored in this BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast by speakers Sharon Canavan and David Black of the Office of Comptroller Currency, Laura Choi of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Rena Nakashima of BNY Mellon.
CDFA USDA Rural Project Marketplace Information Session
As part of the CDFA & USDA Rural Finance Partnership, a Project Marketplace will be created. This informational video helps explain the partnership and marketplace.
CDFA-Stifel Webcast: Paving the Way to Sustainable Rural Infrastructure and Energy Financing
The various targeted financing solutions to revitalize rural infrastructure and energy systems is explained in this webcast by Gary Bojes, Ph.D. of USDA, Bennett Johnson III of Ocean's Energy, Andrew Jacob with CoBank, and Christopher Sheehan of Stifel.

CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • MB Financial Bank, NA
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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