FSA loans available to youth groups

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to rural youths to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5,000.

Youth loan eligibility requirements:

• Be a citizen of the United States (which includes Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) or a legal resident alien.

• Be 10 years to 21 years of age.

• Live in a rural area or in a town of 50,000 people or fewer.

• Must obtain a written recommendation and consent from a parent or guardian if the applicant has not reached the age of majority under state law.

• Comply with FSA's general eligibility requirements.

• Conduct a modest agricultural income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above.

• Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor. The project supervisor must recommend the project and the loan, along with providing adequate supervision.

Stop by the county office for help preparing and processing the application forms. The FSA staff can help you with questions you may have about a particular program.

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