Financial institutions perceive farmers as high risk because their income is irregular and highly prone to environmental shocks. This documentary shows how Solidaridad and partners are supporting smallholder cocoa farmers to improve their credit-worthiness to attract credit from financial institutions. Solidaridad is providing this assistance through the Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Programme funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana.
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Many of Nebraska’s most productive agriculture operations will transition to new owners or operators over the next 20 years. Entering production agriculture can be an uphill climb. Access to land, the high cost of land and equipment, and understanding what it takes to run a profitable business make it extremely complex.

This episode of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Inside Profitability Series webinar tackles the issue of entering agriculture with a focus on state and local programs geared towards assisting beginning farmers. Speakers highlight programs to benefit beginning farmers and existing producers wanting to work with beginning producers. Also, Dusty Romshek, once a beginning farmer discusses his experience with the programs.

Participants will:

Hear how NextGen Programs can incentivize landowners to lease to a beginning farmer.
Discover the benefits of the NextGen Program for beginning farmers, including the personal property tax exemption on farm equipment.
Learn about the variety of loan options and loan guarantees FSA can provide beginning farmers.
Hear first-hand experience with these programs from a beginning farmer.

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