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Congratulations to Jim Crandall
Recognized by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals as the Individual 2017 Recipient for his Creativity and Innovation with Nebraska Cooperative Development Center.
Microloans Developed with Mid-Sized, Small Farms in Mind
FSA is offering farm ownership and operating microloans as an option to better serve the unique financial needs of beginning, niche and small family farm operations. This loan option also will be useful to specialty crop producers and community supported agriculture (CSA) operators.
Operating microloans can be used to pay for initial start-up expenses such as hoop houses to extend the growing season, essential tools, irrigation and annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents, marketing and distribution expenses. Ownership microloans are available to help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. Microloans provide up to $50,000 in loan assistance to qualified producers and can be issued to the applicant directly from FSA.
To learn more about the FSA microloan program visit www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans, or contact your local FSA office.
November 3rd, 2017, Grand Island, NE
This course satisfies the requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule that any farm growing covered produce have a supervisor or other responsible party attend an approved grower training course. Learn what is expected of your farm!
Organic Certification Cost Share Program Available Through FSA
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, not to exceed $750 per certification scope.
Eligible costs include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/arrangement requirements, travel/per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage. Ineligible costs include equipment, materials, supplies, transitional certification fees, late fees and inspections necessary to address National Organic Program regulatory violations.
Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices. The FSA OCCSP application form is available at USDA's eForms site, by selecting "Browse forms" and entering "OCCSP" in the "title or keywords" field on the search page.
To learn more about organic certification cost share, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/organic or contact a local FSA office by visiting http://offices.usda.gov.
Nebraska Cooperative Development Center Contacts
Elaine Cranford: email@example.com
Jim Crandall: firstname.lastname@example.org