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Farm Loan Programs
Guaranteed Farm Loans

 

 
FSA guaranteed loans provide lenders (e.g., banks, Farm Credit System institutions, credit unions) with a guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Farmers and ranchers apply to an agricultural lender, which then arranges for the guarantee. The FSA guarantee permits lenders to make agricultural credit available to farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria.

 
FSA guaranteed loans are for both Farm Ownership and Operating purposes. Like the Direct Loan Program, a percentage of Guaranteed Loan funds are targeted to beginning farmers and ranchers and minority applicants.

 

 
Spotlights

 
Lenders can now pay guarantee fees electronically, for more information click here (PDF 3.2 MB).

 

 
FSA is no longer accepting applications for guaranteed loans with interest assistance because of a lack of program funding (November 22, 2011).

 

 

 
The Lender Interactive Network Connection (LINC) system allows for electronic reporting by Guaranteed Lenders to USDA agencies, including FSA.

 
LINC's primary electronic reporting functions for FSA are:
  • Submit status reports (semiannual and default)
  • Add loan closing
  • View loans
  • Lender Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD)

 
The NEW FSA LINC User Guide provides step by step instructions for FSA's Guaranteed Lenders in completing these reporting functions that reside in the new LINC system. Click on the hyperlink to access the guide: NEW LINC User Guide

 

 

 
Where to Go for More Information

 
Further information and applications for FSA loan programs are available at the Agency's local county offices. These are usually listed in telephone directories in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency. To locate your local FSA Office, click here.

 

 

 


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