Farm Operating Loans - Arkansas State Farm Service Agencylast updated: January 2013
FSA’s Direct Farm Operating loans are a valuable resource to establish, maintain and strengthen your farm or ranch. Under its direct loan program, FSA loan officers are responsible for every aspect of the loan application process, and funding is provided through Congressional appropriation.
Operating loans may be used to purchase items such as: 
  • Livestock and feed
  • Farm equipment 
  • Fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating costs, including family living expenses
  • Minor improvements or repairs to buildings
  • Refinance certain farm-related debts, excluding real estate
Operating loan funds cannot be used to finance nonfarm enterprises, including earthworms, exotic birds, tropical fish, dogs or horses used for non-farm purposes (racing, pleasure, show and boarding).
There is no minimum loan amount. The maximum loan amount for a Direct Farm Operating Loan is $300,000. There is no down payment requirement.
We encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.  Our local FSA offices will be happy to provide you with further information and a loan application.

Contact Farm Operating Loans - Arkansas State Farm Service Agency

Contact Farm Operating Loans - Arkansas State Farm Service Agency

Linda Newkirk
State Executive Director
700 W Capitol Ave
Ste 3416
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201-3215
Phone: (501) 301-3000
Fax: (501) 301-3085


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Statewide Program in:
  • Arkansas

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