Beginning Veteran Farmers and Beginning Farmer Loans

Veterans Learn about Farming and Teach Too
More than 50 military veterans recently learned about farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops. They represented war theaters from Vietnam through Afghanistan. Many set plans to meet again.“Networking at the meeting was awesome,” said one.

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Beginning Farmer Loans about to Get Better
USDA has proposed several changes to Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs to help more beginning farmers and ranchers. The Microloan limit would rise from $35,000 to $50,000. FSA Direct Farm Ownership loans would permit experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and education to count.

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