ASHEVILLE Family Farmers- USDA Help
Finding farm and pasture land with our Asheville team.
A recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times reported : " In many ways, Buncombe County is farming heaven — unless you’re trying to buy land. The local food movement is stronger here than many places in the country, with high demand for locally grown food and nearly 100 tailgate markets, and dozens of restaurants that will pay top dollar for local produce.
But capitalizing on that market is dependent on having a place to grow the food, and finding the land can be much more difficult in the mountains than other places, particularly for younger growers. Unless they’re lucky enough to have family land passed down or sold to them, they must compete with developers, second home buyers and second career farmers for limited suitable land, with prices that often induce sticker shock.
Financial Help for Asheville Area Family Farmers
As long time land brokers and referral resources you probably have heard that we specialize in organic farms.
(We love the produce wwe can find at our local tailgate markets.)
We made careful note of the above article, and today were gratified to read
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2014 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated.
The changes become effective Nov. 7.
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