FROM: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New and Expanded Access to Credit for America's Farmers and Ranchers
Since 2008, the number of loans to beginning farmers and ranchers has climbed from 11,000 to 15,000. More than 40 percent of USDA's farm loans now go to beginning farmers; Over 50 percent of the loans went to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. USDA has increased lending to socially-disadvantaged producers by nearly 50 percent since 2008. The total value of loans in persistent-poverty counties is 60 percent higher today than in 2010.
Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Mail: Director, Loan Making Division (LMD), FSA, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 0522, Washington, DC 20250-0522.