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FSA Can Help with On-Farm Propane Storage

Winter months in New York can be long and cold. For several years, farmers have faced propane storage shortages. Farm Service Agency’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program provides funding for on-farm liquified petroleum tanks.

FSFL low-interest financing can be used to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment, storage and handling trucks. Liquified petroleum tanks are covered for eligible commodities for the use of fuel for grain dryer equipment. 

Loans up to $50,000 can be secured by a promissory note/security agreement. Loans exceeding $100,000 require additional security.  Additionally, loans under $50,000 can be financed at 95%, with a 5% down payment.

Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. The loans are designed to assist a diverse range of farming operations, including conventional operations, small and mid-sized businesses, new farmers, operations supplying local food and farmers markets, non-traditional farm products, and under-served producers.

To learn more about FSFLs and how these loans can help with your on-site propane tank storage needs, contact your local FSA county office. 

Farm Loan Programs

Maintaining Good Credit History

Farm Service Agency Farm Loan programs require that applicants have a satisfactory credit history. A credit report is requested for all FSA direct farm loan applicants. These reports are reviewed to verify outstanding debts, if bills are paid timely and to determine the impact on cash flow.  Information found on a customer’s credit report is strictly confidential and is used only as an aid in conducting FSA business.

Our farm loan staff will discuss options with you if you have an unfavorable credit report and will provide a copy of your report. If you dispute the accuracy of the information on the credit report, it is up to you to contact the issuing credit report company to resolve any errors or inaccuracies.

There are multiple ways to remedy an unfavorable credit score.

  • Make sure to pay bills on time. Setting up automatic payments or automated reminders can be an effective way to remember payment due dates.
  • Pay down existing debt.
  • Keep your credit card balances low.
  • Avoid suddenly opening or closing existing credit accounts.

FSA’s farm loan staff will guide you through the process, which may require you to reapply for a loan after improving or correcting your credit report.

Supervised Credit

Farm Service Agency Farm Loan programs are considered supervised credit. Unlike loans from a commercial lender, FSA loans are intended to be temporary in nature. Therefore, it is our goal to help you graduate to commercial credit, and our farm loan staff is available to help borrowers through training and credit counseling.

The FSA team will help borrowers identify their goals to ensure financial success. Through this process, FSA staff will advise borrowers in developing strategies and a plan to meet your operation’s goals and graduate to commercial credit. Ultimately, the borrower is responsible for the success of the farming operation, but FSA’s staff will help in an advisory role to provide the tools necessary to help you achieve your operational goals and manage your finances.

Communication is Key in Lending

Farm Service Agency is committed to providing our farm loan borrowers the tools necessary to be a success. A part of ensuring this success is providing guidance and counsel from the loan application process through the borrower’s graduation to commercial lending institutions. While it is FSA’s commitment to advise borrowers as they identify goals and evaluate progress, it is crucial for borrowers to communicate with their farm loan staff when changes occur. It is the borrower’s responsibility to alert FSA to any of the following:

  • Any proposed or significant changes in the farming operation;
  • Any significant changes to family income or expenses;
  • The development of problem situations;
  • Any losses or proposed significant changes in security

In addition, if a farm loan borrower cannot make payments to suppliers, other creditors, or FSA on time, contact your farm loan staff immediately to discuss loan servicing options.

For more information on FSA farm loan programs, visit fsa.usda.gov.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Donna Purdy at 315-824-9076, extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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