The purpose of AgStart is to assist small farming and ranching operations in the early stages of development who market, or plan to market, their agricultural products directly to consumers or through local/regional food systems through low interest loans. This includes but is not limited to organic farming, local food farming and small farming operations.
Rates will be competitively priced to help local food farmers get started. The purpose of the AgStart program is to provide start-up capital and continued financing as well as to enable the beginning farmer to establish a positive business and credit history during the early stage of business development.
To apply, applicants must complete an AgStart loan application, business plan and provide minimal support documentation. For questions or to request an application, which includes all the details for applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.