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Farm Financing

Tools and Publications

ATTRA Guide for Financing your Farm (pdf)
This publication outlines several financing options available to beginning farmers to start a farm, and to illuminate the step-by-step process of applying for a loan.

Financing Agriculture The Business Borrower-Lender Relationship (pdf)

Funding and Loan Agencies/ Organizations

NW Farm Credit ServicesProviding financial services for agriculture and rural communities.

Craft3 – Craft3 is a regional nonprofit CDFI that makes loans to strengthen the economic, ecological and family resilience in Oregon and Washington. They have a small- and mid-scale producers and processors focus and lending opportunities.

USDA Farm Service Agency – Various loan and financing programs available through FSA.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)The USDA has recently compiled a list of grant programs available through various government agencies that are designed to support farmers and strengthen local food systems. Some grants may require you to partner with a 501c3 organization or research institutions

Center for Rural Affairs Beginning Farmer Funding Sources & Financing Options – Support services for rural ranchers and farmers.

Innovative Financing

Local Investment Opportunity Fund (LION) – Jefferson County only. LION creates opportunities for local businesses, nonprofits, and citizens to network.

Clallam Investment Opportunity Fund (COIN) – Clallam County only. COIN is a loosely organized group of people on the North Olympic Peninsula whose shared goal is to pair local investors who want to support their community together with local entrepreneurs who are in need of resources in order to achieve their business plans and aspirations.

Learn about the 5 C’s of Credit and prepare for a loan from a lender’s perspective from this presentation by NW Farm Credit Service at the 2018 WSU Cultivating Success Agricultural Entrepreneurship series.


This guide describes assistance for farmers, ranchers, and forest managers available through the 2018 Farm Bill.

Information found on this page is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of professional advice from lawyers and Certified Public Accountants.