USDA Announces October 2021 Lending Rates and 2022 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rates

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for October 2021, which are effective Oct. 1, as well as marketing assistance loan rates for upland cotton in 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.  

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USDA Announces October 2021 Lending Rates and 2022 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rates

Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for October 2021, which are effective Oct. 1, as well as marketing assistance loan rates for upland cotton in 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs.  

Operating, Ownership and Emergency Loans

FSA offers farm ownership and operating loans with favorable interest rates and terms to help eligible agricultural producers, whether multi-generational, long-time or new to the industry, obtain financing needed to start, expand or maintain a family agricultural operation. FSA also offers emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters or quarantine.  For many loan options, FSA sets aside funding for historically underserved producers, including veterans, beginning, women, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic farmers and ranchers

Interest rates for Operating and Ownership loans for Oct. 2021 are as follows:

FSA also offers guaranteed loans through commercial lenders at rates set by those lenders.
Producers can find out which of these loans may be right for them by using the Farm Loan Discovery Tool.

Commodity and Storage Facility Loans

Additionally, FSA provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage facilities and purchase handling equipment and loans that provide interim financing to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are low.  Funds for these loans are provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and are administered by FSA.

2022 Upland Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan Rates

USDA Commodity Credit Corporation today announced that the marketing assistance loan rate for 2022-crop base quality upland cotton is 52.00 cents per pound.

Marketing assistance loans provide interim financing to producers so that commodities can be stored upon harvest when market prices are typically low and sold later when price conditions are more favorable.

Base quality upland cotton has the following characteristics:

  • Color grade 41.
  • Leaf grade 4.
  • Staple length 1-1/16 inches.
  • Micronaire 3.5-3.6 and 4.3-4.9.
  • Strength 26.0-28.9 grams per tex.
  • Length uniformity of 80.0-81.9%.

The 2018 Farm Bill established the base quality marketing assistance loan rate for upland cotton as the simple average of the adjusted prevailing world price for the two immediately preceding marketing years as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.  The marketing assistance loan rate cannot be less than 45 cents per pound or greater than 52 cents per pound.  The loan rate may not be less than an amount equal to 98% of the loan rate for base quality of upland cotton for the preceding year.

Pandemic and Disaster Support

Due to recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant, USDA has extended the deadline for producers to apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision to Jan. 31, 2022. FSA will permit a second DSA for COVID-19 and a second DSA for natural disaster for those who had an initial COVID-19 DSA. Requests for a second DSA must be received no later than May 1, 2022.  

Last year, FSA broadened the use of the DSA, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date is moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to twelve months in the case of an annual operating loan. Any principal set-aside will continue to accrue interest until it is repaid. This will improve the borrower’s cashflow in the current production cycle. 

FSA also reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the year’s winter storms, drought, hurricanes and other natural disasters that USDA has programs that provide assistance. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices are prepared to deliver a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to agricultural producers and impacted communities. Many programs are available without an official disaster designation, including several risk management and disaster recovery options.

More Information

Producers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at fsa.usda.gov or by contacting your local USDA Service Center.

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