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Farm Credit East is a customer-owned lender and financial services leader committed to serving Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries.

  • Largest lender to agriculture in the Northeast with $6.3 billion in loans that capitalize a wide range of industries.
  • Serving more than 13,900 customers across our seven-state territory.
  • In excess of 70 percent market share of commercial farm lending across several Northeast states.
  • Dedicated staff of 463 agricultural specialists, each expert in the unique characteristics of Northeast agricultural industries.
  • Part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations dedicated to supporting the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy.

For media and communication inquiries, please contact Kristie Schmitt, director of marketing and communications, at 800.562.2235.

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  • FarmStart Program Supports Startup Farm, Fishing and Forest Products Businesses

    Farm Credit’s FarmStart is a unique program that invests working capital of up to $75,000 in northeast agricultural, fishing and forest products ventures showing promise of success. Since the first investment approved in August 2006, FarmStart has invested more than $11.3 million with over 250 agricultural and fishing entrepreneurs throughout the Northeast. One of those recent investments was to young farmer Steven Christianson, owner of Christianson Farm, LLC in Readfield, Maine.

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  • Inside the 2018 Margin Protection Program

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 resulted in significant changes to the Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) for producers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is expected to announce plans soon on how it’s going to implement these changes. In anticipation of USDA announcing another opportunity for producers to enroll in MPP for 2018, Northeast dairy producers are invited to tune in to a Farm Credit East webinar on Monday, April 9, at 1:00 PM EST. Participation is free. Register now

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  • April 2018 Knowledge Exchange Partner

    The Northeast Dairy Farm Summary (DFS) is scheduled for release on April 30. The first article in April’s Knowledge Exchange Partner gives a snapshot of the DFS’s findings and provides a few resources to help your farm leverage these results. Our second article looks at the green industry, summarizing the key demographic and economic take-aways from a webinar Farm Credit East hosted with Dr. Charles Hall last month.

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  • Farm Credit East Encourages Stockholders to Vote in 2018 Director Elections

    The 2018 director candidates were formally introduced at Farm Credit East’s Annual Meeting last week, and following, voting stockholders were mailed their ballots to vote in the 2018 Director Elections. As a customer-owned cooperative, the annual director election is an important opportunity for stockholders to express their voice in ownership and direction of the cooperative. Farm Credit East encourages members to vote. Ballots must be returned by Tuesday, April 17. View more information on each of this year's six highly-qualified candidates, including written profiles and video interviews, here.

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