Financing Michigan’s Sustainable Agriculture

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems: Susan Cocciarelli

Seeking to determine the role that capital could play in assisting the growth of viable, smaller scale, diversified farm operations in Michigan, the CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems (now CRFS) at Michigan State University surveyed financial institutions, loan funds, and public entities in Michigan in order to determine familiarity and engagement between financing institutions and beginning farmers. The survey results, available in the report below, show that although there is financial capital available in Michigan, farmers face challenges accessing it.