Northwest Farm Credit’s New Programs for Beginning Farmers

Andrea Krahmer, Relationship Manager/AVP, Northwest Farm Credit Services
Publish Date: 
Winter 2016
Vol. XI No. 1

Northwest Farm Credit Services is a financial cooperative that supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. Northwest FCS is part of the 100-year-old Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and the largest single provider of credit to American agriculture. We serve our customers through 45 branch offices located throughout the Northwest.

 We know financing can be difficult to find for someone entering agriculture for the first time, and even for the young producer who grew up in a farming family. To help, we offer AgVision®, our nationally recognized program available to young, beginning and small producers with at least one of the following characteristics: 35 years of age or younger, 10 years or less agricultural experience OR annual gross farm production of less than $250,000. Through the AgVision program, we continually look for ways to address the challenges of a young or beginning producer. Whether it’s planning for conventional agriculture production, striving to create a direct-to-consumer local food market or developing a small-scale and sustainable operation, helping customers start and grow their own businesses is an integral part of our cooperative mission. AgVision offers competitive interest rates with possible loan fee reductions as well as knowledgeable staff who can help you every step of the way. Learn more about our AgVision program here:

Our unique RateWise program rewards young, beginning and small producers for continuing their management education with interest rate reductions on new loans and operating lines of credit. Participants earn credits for seminars and workshops they attend. Educational programs eligible for RateWise credits include sessions hosted by Northwest FCS’ Business Management Center; programs hosted by universities and extension offices; industry groups; the Farm Service Agency; and approved programs hosted by other resources to improve producers’ management and production skills. Read more about our RateWise program and register here:

Northwest FCS is proud to be a Diamond-level sponsor of the OSU Small Farms Conference on Feb. 20, 2016.