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Financing and Securities

Research by Topic: Finance and Credit
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides a general overview of farm credit, secured transactions, and agricultural lending.  The site also provides links to relevant major statutes, regulations, and case law, among other resources. 

Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm: Ways for Farms to Acquire Capital within Communities
University of Vermont Extension
This resource covers a variety of methods for financing a community-based or small, direct-sale farm.  Case studies are situated within Vermont, however, the majority of the information is applicable to farmers throughout the United States.

Your Guide to FSA Farm Loans
United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA)
This resource is intended for “people who need assistance starting, expanding, or owning a farm or ranch.”  The guide “provides practical information about how to apply for an USDA Farm Service Agency loan or loan guarantee.”

Access to Capital
Partnership for America’s New Farmers
This website provides links to overviews of various financing tools for new farmers, and introductions to how organizations can leverage funding to support new farmers.  There are also links to general, nationally relevant financing programs.

Access to Financial Resources: Issue-Focused Project, Findings and Recommendations
Growing New Farmers Consortium
This resource “[identifies] the barriers a beginning farmer experiences when accessing financial capital.”  The report provides information and analysis on various sources of financial resources available to new farmers, among other topics.