Financing Farming in the U.S.: Financial Institution Lending in the Farm Production Sector

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems: Susan Cocciarelli

In June 2011, Financing Farming in the U.S. network members Susan Cocciarelli, with CRFS, and Patty Cantrell, of Regional Food Solutions, Inc., interviewed lenders from community development financial institutions and other organizations with experience in the small and midscale farm sector. This report details those interviews, which addressed a range of considerations involved in entering and participating in the sector as a lender, along with analysis of select loans, both successful and unsuccessful.