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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden to host Google+ hangout on accessing credit for new farmers

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of new farmers and ranchers. The discussion will cover credit and financial options from USDA as well as outside partners including the Farm Credit Council.

The Hangout will also feature farmers and ranchers who have successfully accessed credit from these sources as they describe their experiences and offer advice to others. USDA is soliciting discussion questions via social media using #NewFarmers.

 

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

4 p.m. EDT

 

 

WHAT: Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss types of agricultural credit and ways to access them in support of new farmers and ranchers.

 

Participants:

  • Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council, Vice President for Young, Beginning, Small Farmer Programs and Outreach
  • Chris Beyerhelm, USDA’s Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Chief
  • Shirley Malek, goat and sheep cheese producer in Gilmanton, N.H.
  • Megan Kinsey, a squash, grape, and corn farmer in Sunnyside, Wash.
  • Matt and Jolene Nierling, beginning farmers who operate a dairy operation in northeast Iowa

 

WHERE: Live on the USDA Google+ page or on www.usda.gov/live. Add your questions in advance or share your story on social media by using the #NewFarmers on Twitter, Google+, YouTube or Facebook.

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