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Optimizing Storage With the USDA Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

A USDA loan program makes it possible for farmers to store grain, soybeans and other commodities for later sale, according to Steve Dick, state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in South Dakota. The Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program is sometimes referred to as the grain bin loan program, said Dick.

“It’s not just grain bins. It can [be] grain handling equipment, whether it’s an auger or a grain bagger, grain cart, semi-trailer; we’ve even had some producers utilize it for freezer space to buy freezers if they are doing direct marketing of their beef,” he told the South Dakota Soybean Network. “So, any commodity that a South Dakota farm and ranch family produces would qualify for FSFL for storage or handling. We’ve had people that are commercial hay producers use it for hay sheds. They’re storing a commodity that they produce; they would qualify for this loan.”

The loan interest rate is likely to be lower than what is offered commercially, said Dick. “Consistently FSA’s (Farm Service Agency’s) rates have been a little bit lower than the private sector.”

There will be more information about this USDA program and others at South Dakota Soybean’s Shop Talk events. One of the Shop Talk events is Wednesday, March 27th, at East River Electric, in Madison, and the other is April 9th, in Yankton, at the Easton Archery Center. Steve Dick will be there to talk about the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.

Aside from the opportunity to capture what could be a better grain and soybean market months after harvest, Dick points out that harvest itself is what he calls a mad rush to gather the crop in a timely fashion.

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