NASDA received a 3-year sub-award through the Council of Development Finance Agencies’ (CDFA) USDA 2501 Grant. CDFA and NASDA will use the funds to launch the Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Program. The goal of this program is to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers build successful operations by accessing sustainable business capital. The program will develop a culturally significant educational curriculum that teaches agricultural finance in relatable and meaningful terms.

The program will first deploy project response teams into target communities in the pilot states of New Mexico and Minnesota. Each response team will include CDFA and NASDA staff as well as development finance experts with experience in rural financing and familiarity with the economic challenges underserved communities face. The response teams will participate with hands-on technical assistance, workshops, and outreach in the two states. Secondly, the program will provide ongoing support to those communities to identify financing opportunities available and apply for applicable funding.

Access to Capital Toolkit

The Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Toolkit offers technical assistance providers who serve agricultural producer communities the opportunity to learn about the various finance tools that can be leveraged to support underserved farmers and ranchers in accessing capital and expanding their business operations. The 24-page toolkit outlines the many barriers socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers face with finding affordable funding sources and provides detailed insight on how public-private partnerships between the USDA and community economic development organizations will best support their farm and ranch businesses.

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Upcoming Events

CDFA will be hosting a Food Systems Finance Webinar Series in April, September and November. These free events will offer technical assistance providers and food and farm business owners the opportunity to learn more about various pathways available to farmers and ranchers as they seek additional access to capital.

Tues. April 30, 2024 @ 2pm: Financing Food Systems with Revolving Loan Funds
Wed. Sept. 24, 2024 @ 2pm: Driving Food Systems Investment with Tax Credits
Tues. Nov. 26, 2024 @ 2pm: Reframe, Build, Plan to Advance Food Systems Finance

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Event Recordings

CDFA has hosted previous editions of its Food Systems Finance Webinar Series. Find those and other previous events in CDFA’s Online Resource Database.

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Press Release

In February, CDFA and the NASDA Foundation published a joint press release announcing their partnership to create the CDFA-NASDA Foundation Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Access to Capital Program in response to the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement 2501 Grant Program.

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