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Low-interest loans help producers start or expand farms

RENO - USDA Nevada Farm Service Agency Executive Director, Clint Koble, has announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSAs direct farm ownership program.

Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection, according to a recent FSA press release. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for more farmers and ranchers to get low-interest loans to start their first farm, or expand an existing family farm, said Koble. There are no backlogs or waiting for funding. If youve dreamed about starting a farm, or if youre looking to strengthen your farm, we want to help.

FSA is encouraging all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or