USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering Socially Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmer Loans designed to help some people purchase and operate farms.

Socially disadvantaged groups include women, blacks, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Latinos and Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Loans also are available to any beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources.

Further information and applications for the loan programs described are available at local FSA county offices. These are usually listed in telephone directories in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under USDA FSA.

To locate your local FSA office, link here.