Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Farming the (Hydro)ponic

“I went to conventional lenders and I was turned down by all of them,” said Villari, who had little farming experience outside of helping her father raise livestock. “Then I turned to the Farm Service Agency (FSA). They took a chance on me when no one else would. They not only made the loan process easy, they also provided me with a lot of support and information once the loan was closed.”
Villari received U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FSA farm ownership and operating loans to help get Fresh Water Greens off of the ground. FSA financing provided the assistance needed to build a facility and begin production. It was the first hydroponic operation funded by New Jersey FSA.

From the USDA blog 

Is this "mission creep" in programs or adapting to new realities?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Probably a little of both. With loan limits as they are and the scale of conventional agriculture continuing to expand, it is getting harder to provide much assistance with FSA loans. It does appear to create issues within the Agency if long time employees don't agree with the direction the loan program is headed. Not that they are paid for their opinions.