USDA - FSA Programs
The USDA-FSA targets a portion of its loan funds to small and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (BF). A beginning farmer is defined as one who:
- Has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years
- Does not own a farm or ranch greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county as determined by the most current Census for Agriculture
- Meets the loan eligibility requirements of the program to which he/she is applying
- Substantially participates in the operation
Maximum Loan Amounts
- Direct FO (farm ownership): $300,000
- Direct OL (operating loan): $300,000; Microloan: $50,000
- Guaranteed FO or OL: $1,392,000 (Amount varies annually based on inflation).
Contact your local FSA office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.
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USDA Farm Service Agency
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