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Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises

Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises

Farm Financing

Cost share programs and loans with complementary terms for beginning or socially disadvantaged farmers are examples of available financial programs.  Such programs often require that a farm has been in operation for at least three years and loans generally require a solid business plan.  Incentive programs are usually designed to foster adoption of resource efficiencies or encourage a new technology or marketing practice and often have time sensitive application deadlines.  The bottom line of farm financing is that even special programs require a serious commitment to financial planning and follow through on practice adoption.   Start your research below and see our Beginning FarmerBusiness Planning, and Enterprise Budgets pages for related content.

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