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AnnouncementApril 24, 2013

Learn how microloans can provide smaller farms with more flexible access to credit.

Additionally, check out the twelfth blog in the Organic 101 series: Sound and Sensible Approach to Organic Certification.

Microloans: Flexible Credit for Small Farms 

Smaller farms, including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options.

To better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small farmers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) now offers microloans up to $35,000.

To make this program more accessible these non-traditional farmers, FSA simplified the application process and broadened the eligibility and security requirements.

Microloan funds may be used to purchase items such as:

  • Livestock and feed
  • Farm equipment
  • Fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating costs, including family living expenses
  • Minor improvements or repairs to buildings
  • Farm-related debt refinancing (excluding real estate)

Learn More

Contact a Local FSA Office 

Visit FSA Online

Organic 101: Sound and Sensible 

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently highlighted its 'Sound and Sensible' initiative on the USDA blog as part of the Organic 101 series. 


Organic 101: Sound and Sensible Approach to Organic Certification 


'Sound and Sensible in the April 2013 Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter  


The Organic 101 series explores different aspects of the USDA organic regulations.

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