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CDFA Agriculture Finance Resource Center

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Recent Updates

Financing for Regenerative Agriculture
Production methods such as regenerative agriculture are associated with climate adaptation and resilience. Such methods offer the best path forward to preserving long-term viability of an industry that is foundational to basic societal needs. From a financier’s perspective, regenerative agriculture provides a way to maintain the commercial opportunity in agriculture via adaptation to changing climate conditions. By investing in regenerative agriculture now, financiers can proactively adapt food and agricultural value chain investments to changing climate conditions and take advantage of potential opportunities in transition investing.
National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling OrganicsMembers only Login
The Strategy will help the U.S. meet its National Food Loss and Waste Reduction Goal, to halve food loss and waste by 2030 and contribute to achieving the National Recycling Goal to achieve a 50% recycling rate by 2030, as well as contribute to the global achievement of the United Nations SDG Target. These efforts are part of the Administration’s whole-of-government methane strategy—including actions to cut emissions from landfills and food waste, agriculture, the oil and gas sector, abandoned mines, and other major sources, while improving measurement and monitoring—to fulfill the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce anthropogenic methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels.
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Empowering Agriculture with PACE Financing
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, experts highlight the innovative ways in which PACE programs are evolving to support the agriculture industry across the country.

Upcoming Events

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Driving Food Systems Investment with Tax Credits
September 24, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
In this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we will look at tax credit programs that allow businesses and investors to claim a tax credit for committing resources to a food system project or business. We will also explore how these tools can catalyze investment in communities that have historically been discriminated against.
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CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Reframe, Build, Plan to Advance Food Systems Finance
November 26, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, CDFA will present this customizable framework and illustrate how it can expand financing and drive capital into local food systems. Speakers will explore how this strategy can help focus resources toward socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and small business owners across the food system.
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-Programs Map

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.

-Agriculture Data & Resources

-Resources

This section provides resources to help better understand and navigate the Agricultural Finance program.

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-Upcoming Events

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Driving Food Systems Investment with Tax Credits
September 24, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
In this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we will look at tax credit programs that allow businesses and investors to claim a tax credit for committing resources to a food system project or business. We will also explore how these tools can catalyze investment in communities that have historically been discriminated against.
Register
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Reframe, Build, Plan to Advance Food Systems Finance
November 26, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, CDFA will present this customizable framework and illustrate how it can expand financing and drive capital into local food systems. Speakers will explore how this strategy can help focus resources toward socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and small business owners across the food system.
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-Previous Events

CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Empowering Agriculture with PACE Financing
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, experts highlight the innovative ways in which PACE programs are evolving to support the agriculture industry across the country.
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Financing Food Systems with Revolving Loan Funds
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, panelists discuss how revolving loan funds can be used to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and microenterprises to strengthen local and regional food systems. The discussion also identifies how these tools can help unlock affordable capital for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Exploring Bonds as the Foundational Financing Tool
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, speakers explore the potential for leveraging this foundational financing tool to cultivate resilient and thriving local and regional food systems.
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 Food Systems Finance Webinar Series: Investment Tools & Food Systems
During this installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, we explore how programs at the state and federal levels can offer unique financing solutions and catalyze investment in local and regional food systems.
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-About Agriculture Finance

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.

Learn about the CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Program

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CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker Graydon LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • Frost Brown Todd LLP
  • Grow America | Formerly NDC
  • Hawes Hill and Associates LLP
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • PGAV Planners, LLC
  • Raza Development Fund
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • The Bond Buyer
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
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