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Growing Forward

The Growing Forward® program offers young and beginning farmers the lending options, financial education, and support they need to build a thriving operation.

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Preparing Agriculture’s Next Generation

A sustainable future for agriculture hinges on a financially secure generation of young and beginning farmers. Our Growing Forward® program helps reduce the barriers for new farmers by providing access to the capital and financial education opportunities they need to build a thriving operation. To be eligible, farmers must be 35 years old or younger or have less than 10 years of farming experience.

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Are you an innovative young or beginning farmer? If so, check out our Forward Thinker award.

Helping Young & Beginning Farmers Grow

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Are you 35 years or younger, or have less than 10 years of farming experience?


* Loans and leases are subject to credit approval. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Farm Credit Mid-America is an equal opportunity lender.

† Patronage is an annual decision made by the Board of Directors to return earnings to eligible customers. To learn more about patronage or patronage eligibility, please visit our Patronage page.

Farm Credit Mid-America territory includes Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. Arkansas includes Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha (northeast of the White River), Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Phillips, Poinsett, and St. Francis counties. Missouri includes Carter, Ripley and Wayne counties. Kentucky excludes Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken counties. Ohio excludes Crawford, Hancock, Lucas, Marion, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties. We serve all counties in Indiana and Tennessee. 

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