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Region finances local food with team work

June 24, 2015
Region finances local food with team work

Northwest Michigan’s business leaders are taking innovative steps to address big food and farm financing gaps. They understand that food from the region, and for the region, is a major economic player.

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Case studies and tips on small farm financing

July 20, 2012
Case studies and tips on small farm financing

Financing smaller farms: New resources for lenders who want to learn and activists who want to promote.

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New Tool to Help Banks and Small Farms Communicate

October 31, 2010
The small and highly diverse Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT, is an example of the paradigm-shifting generation of new farmers that are challenging for banks used to more conventional farming businesses.

Over the last 20 years, credit-scoring systems have made it easier for banks to analyze risk and make loans to the diverse world of small businesses, from car dealerships to coffee shops. Now a group of sustainable agriculture leaders are working on a similar tool to help banks work with the new, paradigm-shifting generation of small and diverse food and farm entrepreneurs.

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