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COLUMBIA – Amy J. Peiter, Farm Loan Manager of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Texas, Dent, Douglas, Ozark, Howell, Oregon, Phelps, Crawford, Shannon and Reynolds counties, announced the availability of farm operating and farm ownership loans for women and members of minority groups who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm.
“Each year, the Farm Service Agency earmarks a portion of its farm loan funding for socially disadvantaged applicants, people who have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender inequality without regard to their individual qualities,” Peiter said. Socially disadvantaged applicants may be women, African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Alaskan natives.
Peiter said while funding is earmarked for loans to socially disadvantaged applicants, loan approval is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
“Socially disadvantaged applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as other applicants,” Peiter said.
Applicants must be U.S citizens; have a satisfactory history of meeting credit obligations; have sufficient education, training or experience managing or operating a farm; possess legal capacity to incur debt; and, be unable to obtain credit elsewhere.
The agency can make direct loans to applicants who are unable to get commercial credit or provide loan guarantees to commercial lenders.
Guaranteed loans may be made by any lending institution subject to Federal or state supervision (banks, savings and loans, and units of the Farm Credit System). FSA typically guarantees 90 or 95 percent of the loan against any loss that might be incurred if the loan fails.
Applicants can use operating loans to purchase livestock, equipment, feed, seed or pay other business related expenses. Operating loans are usually repaid in one to seven years.
Ownership loans provide capital to purchase or enlarge a farm, construct or improve buildings, promote soil and water conservation and pay closing costs. Direct ownership loan terms are up to 40 years while guaranteed loan terms are established by the lender.
Qualified applicants receive information and assistance to develop sound management practices, analyze problems and utilize available resources essential for successful farming operations to cope with the changing agricultural environment.
To learn more about FSA Farm Loan programs, contact your local Farm Service Agency at 417-967-2028, extension 2, or visit online at www.fsa.usda.gov.