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Join us for a Google+ Hangout on April 1: Accessing Credit for your Farm or Ranch Business

Accessing credit can be challenging for new farmers and ranchers.  It’s hard to know where to start, what to ask for and, most importantly, who to ask.  USDA is here to help.  We have a portfolio of loan and credit options for farmers and ranchers like you. We also work closely with other financial institutions to make getting credit easier in other ways.

On Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m. EDT Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of your farm or ranch business.

This Google Hangout is part of a discussion series hosted by Deputy Secretary Harden on the changing face of agriculture and the opportunities presented by a career in farming or ranching. You asked and we listened. Based on your feedback, new farmers and ranchers want to have a larger discussion on accessing credit and the financial know how that goes into starting an operation.

During this Hangout, you will hear from panelists who represent some of the key agricultural financial lenders and farmers’ stories about how different credit options were successfully put to work on the farm.

Leading the Discussion:

  • Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden
  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council, Vice President for Young, Beginning, Small Farmer Programs and Outreach
  • Chris Beyerhelm, USDA’s Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Chief
  • Shirley Malek, goat and sheep cheese producer in Gilmanton, N.H.
  • Megan Kinsey, a squash, grape, and corn farmer in Sunnyside, Wash.
  • Matt and Jolene Nierling, beginning farmers who operate a dairy operation in northeast Iowa

Participate in the Hangout on Tuesday by watching it live on the USDA Google+ page or on  Some of the questions we will discuss are:

  1. How much experience (if any) is required to receive a farm loan?
  2. What do creditors look for in a business plan?
  3. Who are the best lenders for me?  How do I know who to talk to first?

RSVP to attend HERE and add your questions in advance or share your story on Twitter or Facebook by using #NewFarmers.

3 Responses to “Join us for a Google+ Hangout on April 1: Accessing Credit for your Farm or Ranch Business”

  1. Tom Stevens says:

    Looking fwd to this. Farm Credit Union is where I will apply, & the help with the biz plan will be appreciated. I will be building & operating an aquaponic greenhouse. It uses 1/6th the water & half the power that a regular greenhouse does, & a 24′x36′ produces 1400# of fish & 3000# of greens a year. No fossil fueled field farm vehicles needed.

  2. Tom Stevens says:

    Correction; 17,000# of greens; 6 plantings.

  3. David Sanchez says:

    The FSA micro loan program has been a failure in Northern New Mexico the FSA Folks find any reason to deny loans to Hispanic Ranchers.


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