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USDA Programs Information Session — Virginia Cooperative Extension – Virginia State University

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) direct or guaranteed loans. Beginning, minority and veteran farmers can get help to prepare applications for farm ownership and operating loans and find out how to obtain the required borrower training.

Additional resources, programs and funding opportunities that are available from USDA will be presented, including the Rural Development Renewable Energy for America (REAP) grant and loan guarantee program, Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, and Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG).

If you are interested in implementing conservation practices that reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program may be available to help you meet your goals .

For more information, contact Small Farm Agents Marilyn Estes at 804-481-0485, Marshay Privott at 804-895-0227 or call the Small Farm Outreach Program office at (804) 524-3292.