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Farm Service Agency

FSA Guaranteed Loan Program: The USDA Farm Service Agency offers lenders (banks, thrifts, Farm Credit System institutions, credit unions) guaranteed loans for both farm ownership and operating purposes. The guarantee can be up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. As of March 4, 2013, USDA Farm Service Agency updated the interest rates that banks and thrifts can charge on these guaranteed loans. Read the letter from Chris P. Beyerftelm, Deputy Administrator for Farm Loan Programs. The letter notifies lenders of the change that will go into effect on May 3, 2013. You can find the letter here or you can also read the interim rule in the Federal Register.

Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (PDF) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSM) makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial lenders.

Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans: This guide was written for people who need assistance starting, expanding, or owning a farm or ranch.