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The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has opened registration for its Credit and FSA Program Webinar Series. This webinar series has been developed by our leading faculty in the areas of business planning, market and financial risk planning, credit repair, specialized lending and appeals rights. These webinars will provide important skills training for those producers seeking credit for ownership and operation of farming and ranching enterprises and those seeking background for successful engagement in land fractionation lending opportunities.

We invite you to participate in this free webinar series conducted with generous support by USDA Farm Service Agency. To register please use the links provided for each webinar in the series. All webinars will be archived on the series webpage.


December 20, 2016, 2 pm Central:  Business Planning to Prepare for FSA Applications

This session is designed to walk potential FSA loan applicants through the fundamental issues in business planning that will aid in their development of strong applications for loans and sustainable approaches to credit access and business performance for their food and agriculture enterprise. (Presenter: H.L. Goodwin Jr.)


January 10, 2017, 2 pm Central:  Credit Repair Ahead of a FSA Loan Application

This session is designed to walk potential FSA applicants through the fundamentals of monitoring their credit and developing strategic approaches to repairing their credit should adverse credit reports appear on their records.  The session will also discuss the many ways potential FSA loan applicants can prevent future problems in their credit reports. (Presenter: Erin Parker)


January 17, 2017, 2 pm Central:  Financial Risk, Marketing Risk and Impacts on FSA Program Compliance

This program will discuss analyzing your risk in the marketplace and how you can best develop plans for handling those market risks.  Your business and market plans are your keys to strategic success but they are also your tools to ensure FSA program compliance. (Presenter: H.L. Goodwin Jr.)


January 24, 2017, 2 pm Central:  Youth Loans and Microloans: How to Prepare for Applications and How to Avoid Default

This session will discuss Farm Service Agency youth loans and microloans. These two tools are especially essential for beginning farmers and ranchers to build your operations and build your credit.  The session will focus on program requirements for accessing and debt repayment under these programs and will discuss the key concerns when planning your business around these loan opportunities. (Presenter: H.L. Goodwin Jr.)


January 31, 2017, 2 pm Central:  Your Rights of Appeal: Understanding the National Appeals Division When Applying for Loans and Debt Servicing

This session will introduce you to the purpose and history of the National Appeals Division and discuss the essential deadlines and process for appealing decisions made by the Farm Service Agency concerning your applications for loans and for loan servicing.  Understanding your appeal rights and processes is also an essential skill when working with USDA.  (Presenter: Toni Stanger)