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Young, Beginning & Small Farmers

Getting started in the agriculture industry can be a difficult undertaking, and securing a reliable source of credit when you're just starting out can be even harder. Let us help you with both! Farm Credit of the Virginias has several programs to help young, beginning and small producers get started and remain successful in their operation. 

Who are young, beginning and small farmers?

  • A young farmer is 35 years of age or younger
  • A beginning farmer has 10 or fewer years experience farming
  • A small farmer generates less than $250,000 in annual gross agricultural sales
  • A person and/or entity may qualify under one, two or all three criteria

Leverage our resources to make your business a success.

Young, beginning and small farmers are welcomed and encouraged to attend one of our annual Farm Management or Dairy Management Institutes coordinated by the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. As an extension of the Farm Management Institute, attendees are eligible to apply for the Ag Biz Planner program to learn how to best run their farming operation and complete a business plan. In addition to this programming, the Farm Credit Knowledge Center hosts a variety of regional events and has developed a slew of educational resources for young, beginning, and small farmers.

Explore the Knowledge Center

Working with FSA?

To better serve the needs of young, beginning and small farmers, Farm Credit is a Farm Service Agency (FSA) Preferred Lender. To help manage credit risk, we recommend participation in the FSA or other guarantee programs.

Youth Agricultural Loan Program

Do you know someone involved in 4-H or FFA?

They may be eligible for our Youth Agricultural Loan Program.

CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVES

"To borrow money is always scary for entrepreneurs. Being a beginning business it was really important for us that we find someone we felt comfortable inviting in to the dinner table. We found that with Farm Credit."

Jessica Hall, Harmony Harvest Farm (Weyers Cave, VA)