Credit Worth and Soil Wealth: An Environmental, Social, and Governance Analysis of the Farm Credit System
Croatan Institute and Self-Help announce the release of a major new collaborative report that explores leading challenges faced by the Farm Credit System – the largest lender in the agricultural sector. This new report documents leading environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and shortcomings at Farm Credit and recommends changes to help the System more fully meet its basic public purpose: to help farmers and rural communities access affordable, reliable capital. By managing ESG risks more explicitly, Farm Credit as well as the system’s secondary market entity Farmer Mac, could serve the widely unmet investor demand for “green bonds” and impact investments that finance climate solutions, conservation, regenerative agriculture, and underserved farmers and rural places.
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Restoring Local Food Systems Through Finance
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we illustrate the Reframe, Build, Plan framework of critical success factors that are needed to expand financing and drive capital into local food systems. Speakers discuss how this strategy can be used to focus resources toward socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and small business owners in the food system.
CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital ToolkitMembers only Login
The CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Toolkit is a set of best practice resources designed to provide practical assistance to communities looking to invest in socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The toolkit will address topics from effective revolving loan fund management to leveraging bonds, tax increment, and other forms of public and private capital, to encourage increased investment in socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Search the map below for agriculture finance programs by state. This specialized search is part of CDFA's State Financing Program Directory
, the only online resource cataloging the development finance programs offered by state governments. Click on a state to see a sample of state energy programs available. Login with a CDFA Member account at the top of the page to view full results.
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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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