WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Agriculture announces that a higher loan limit will be available to borrowers seeking a secured agricultural loan from October 1, 2021, from $ 1.776 million to $ 1.825 million.
“Agricultural loans are essential for the family’s annual operating and living expenses, emergency needs and our clients’ cash flow,” said FSA administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow the FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers as natural disasters and the pandemic continue to impact their operations. “
FSA agricultural loans provide access to finance for a wide range of producer needs, from securing land to financing the purchase of equipment. Secured loans are funded and managed by commercial lenders. FSA provides up to 95% guarantee against possible financial loss of principal and interest. Secured loans can be used for both agricultural property and operating purposes.
During fiscal year 2021, FSA experienced continued strong demand for secured loans. FSA has committed more than $ 3.4 billion in secured farm and farm property loans. This includes almost $ 1.2 billion for beginning farmers. The number of secured borrowers has increased by 10% to more than 38,750 farmers and ranchers over the past decade. The FSA expects growing demand for agricultural loans to continue in fiscal 2022.
Extension of the disaster reserve
USDA has additional support available to producers given recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant and has extended the availability of the COVID-19 disaster layaway for installments due until January 31. 2022. In addition, the FSA will authorize a second DSA. for COVID-19 and a second AED for natural disasters for those who had a first COVID-19 AED. Requests for a COVID-19 AED or second AED must be received no later than May 1, 2022.
Last year, the FSA expanded the use of the DSA. Normally used in the aftermath of natural disasters, the DSA can now allow farmers receiving USDA agricultural loans who are affected by COVID-19 and determined to be eligible, to set aside their next payment. The freeze payment deadline is postponed to the final loan maturity date or extended up to 12 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 cash flow in the current production cycle.
Producers can explore the options available on all FSA loan options at fsa.usda.gov or by contacting their local USDA service center. Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers by phone, email and other digital tools. Due to the pandemic, some USDA service centers are open to a limited number of visitors. Contact your service center to schedule an appointment in person or by phone. Additionally, more information on the USDA response and support for growers can be found at farms.gov/coronavirus.