News To Use: Microloans
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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently increased the FSA borrowing limit for microloans to $50,000. Microloans offer borrowers simplified lending with less paperwork.
FSA policies related to farm experience have changed so that other types of skills may be considered to meet the direct farming experience required for farm ownership loan eligibility. Operation or management of non-farm businesses, leadership positions while serving in the military or advanced education in an agricultural field will now count towards the experience applicants need to show when applying for farm ownership loans.
Since 2010, FSA has made a record amount of farm loans — more than 165,000 loans totaling nearly $23 billion. More than 50 percent of USDA’s farm loans now go to beginning farmers. In addition, FSA has increased its lending to socially-disadvantaged producers by nearly 50 percent since 2010.
For more details consult the FSA Microloan Program Fact Sheet for program application, eligibility and related information.
State Office – Bryan Hurlburt, SED; firstname.lastname@example.org; (860) 871-4090.
Hartford/Tolland Office – Ross Eddy, CED; email@example.com; (860) 688-7725.
Litchfield/Fairfield Office – Rebecca Palmer, CED; firstname.lastname@example.org; (860) 626-8852.
New Haven/Middlesex Office – Debra Castle, CED; email@example.com; (203) 269-6665.
New London Office – Ann Marie McCard, CED; firstname.lastname@example.org; (860) 887-9941.
Windham Office – Dawn Pindell, CED; email@example.com; (860) 779-0557.
Farm Loan Officer – Ronald Clark; firstname.lastname@example.org; (860) 887-9941.
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