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Loan limit for program increased

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Julia Wickard, Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Indiana, recently announced the loan limit for its Guaranteed Loan Program has been increased to $1,112,000, effective Oct. 1.

The limit is adjusted annually based on the "Prices Paid to Farmers Index," composed by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

"The increased limited will enhance the agency's ability to meet the credit needs of farmers and ranchers throughout the country," Wickard said. "As farmers face the current uncertain economic climate, it is important that the federal government assist producers in meeting the financial obligations on the farm."

The Guaranteed Loan Program allows commercial and farm credit lenders to extend credit to qualified applicants, who otherwise would not meet their standard lending criteria. Participating lenders can use the Guaranteed Loan Program to strengthen a loan's viability through a guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loan amount. Farmers interested in guaranteed loans should apply through a conventional lender.

FSA also offers the Direct Loan Program as an alternative for those unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources. Direct farm loans are government-funded and made by FSA. The loan limit for loans under the Direct Program is $300,000 (except for Emergency Loans). Farmers interested in applying for a direct loan should contact their local FSA office.

To find an FSA office, visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/....

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