Empowering Veterans to Thrive in Agriculture


The USDA Farm Service Agency released a Fact Sheet detailing How to Apply for a Direct FSA Loan. Loans are available to purchase farm land or pay operating expenses, such as equipment, seed, or livestock. There is also an Emergency Loan Program for losses in counties that are declared a disaster or quarantine area.

The Fact Sheet tells how to obtain an FSA loan application, provides a list of all forms that must be submitted, and describes the process that will occur after submission.

Visit the FSA Farm Loan Programs web page or visit your local USDA Service Center to learn more about the different types of FSA Direct Loans as well as FSA Loan Guarantee Programs. You can also learn more about general financing issues in the FVC IA Farm Building Resource Guide.

See Us Monday At The Iowa State Fair!

August 14, 2017 is Veterans Day at the Iowa State Fair.  Visit us Monday in the Agricultural Building and visit with farmer veterans.  We will be located to the left of the stage.  Don’t forget to visit partner sites, such as the USDA booth and learn about programs specifically for farmer veterans.  A flyer with more sites will be available at our booth.  Stay for the 2017 Friend of Veterans In Agriculture award ceremony.

Upcoming Event! USDA Disease Lab: Tour, Info On Ag Bio Security, and More

A tour and program at the USDA Disease Lab in Ames, Iowa is set for August 31, 2017. The day will include a tour of the facility, networking with their veterans group, as well as information on ag bio-security. Registration begins at 9 am, with the first program at 9:30 am. A picture ID, such as a driver’s license will be required to pass through security as you enter the building. Lunch will be
available at the cafeteria. For more information and to pre-register, contact us at info@veteransinagriculture.org