Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans

Program level:

National

Land use:

Agriculture

Provider:

USDA Farm Service Agency

Benefits provided: 

Financial

Water-focused program: 

No

For beginning farmers. Access farm ownership, operating, and micro loans.

Overview

Description:

While FSA is fully committed to all farmers and ranchers, there is a special focus on the particular credit needs of farmers and ranchers who are in their first 10 years of operation. Each year, FSA targets a portion of its lending by setting aside a portion of all loan funds for financing beginning farmer and rancher operations.

Eligibility:

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 at the time the loan application is submitted

Financial benefit: 

Varies

Contact information

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Information last updated on December 1, 2020.

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