Conservation loan gives farmers credit for conserving resources

Hello Again!

As I pulled out of the lane today I was in awe of the beautiful ice-covered trees and fresh white covering of snow on the fields and fence post.

It made me recall the days at home when we kids would hope for those snow days to grab a cookie sheet and head down the sledding hill!

You read it right; Mom would keep some old ones just for the sledding hill. They work similar to the round disc ones of today. They are awesome on ice covered hills. I guess even back in those days my family was conservation minded.

We at FSA are into a new loan program that guarantees conservation loans on farms to help conserve our natural resources. The Conservation Loan program provides farmers with the credit necessary to implement conservation measures on their land.

Limit

The direct conservation loan limit is $300,000 and guaranteed conservation loan is $1,119,000 (amount adjusted for inflation), and may be available by applying with lenders working with FSA to obtain a guarantee.

Applicants will work with Natural Resources and Conservation Service staff to develop a conservation plan. Conservation practices must be approved by NRCS before FSA can provide financing.

Projects

Examples of conservation practices include installation of conservation structures; establishment of forest cover; installation of water conservation measures; establishment or improvement of permanent pastures; transitioning to organic production; and manure management, including manure digestion systems.

For more information on the Conservation Loan program, contact your local FSA office to setup an appointment with a loan approval official.

From my sledding memories to yours.

That’s all for now,

FSA Andy

About the Author

FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio. More Stories by FSA Andy

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