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Young, Beginning & Small Farmers

Colonial Farm Credit has been financing farmers of all types for more than 100 years, in good times and in bad. We were the first (and often only) lender that many of these farmers chose when they first started farming and have continued to use as their operations have become larger and more complex.

Our loan officers understand agriculture and the many difficulties involved in beginning a new farm operation, transferring an existing operation, or expanding into new commodities or territories.

AgBiz Planner Program

The Virginia and North Carolina Farm Credit Associations are proud to offer the AgBiz planner program each year.  This six month, college-level, online program is designed to educate young and beginning farmers on successfully managing their operations. The 10 online modules cover various topics such as strategic business planning, preparing financial statements, and growth and transition management. 

For more information on the AgBiz Planner Program, please contact your local Farm Credit office.

If you are a young, beginning, or small farmer, Colonial Farm Credit is ready to help you. Our loan officers will be glad to review your situation and give you expert advice on the financial programs that may work best for you.

Please contact us today for more information – we are here to help!

Are you a Young, Beginning or Small Farmer?

  • A Young farmer is one who is 35 years of age or younger.
  • A Beginning farmer is one who has 10 or fewer years farming, ranching or aquatic agriculture experience.
  • A Small farmer is one who generates less than $250,000 in annual gross agricultural or aquatic sales.

Here is a link to additional resources for young, beginning, and small farmers:

YBS Resources page




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