Friday, September 20, 2019

New Feature Helps Producers Find Farm Loans that Fit Their Operation

A new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on, the Department’s self-service website for farmers.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help. Compared to this time last year, FSA has seen an 18 percent increase in the amount it has obligated for direct farm ownership loans, and through the 2018 Farm Bill, has increased the limits for several loan products.
USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges.
How the Tool Works 
Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will be provided information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided.
Farmers can download application quick guides that outline what to expect from preparing an application to receiving a loan decision. There are four guides that cover loans to individuals, entities, and youth, as well as information on microloans. The guides include general eligibility requirements and a list of required forms and documentation for each type of loan. These guides can help farmers prepare before their first USDA service center visit with a loan officer.
Farmers can access the Farm Loan Discovery Tool by visiting and clicking the “Start” button. Follow the prompts and answer five simple questions to receive loan information that is applicable to your agricultural operation.

So you want to start a farm or ranch…
Thinking about starting a farm or ranch and wondering where to start? You’re not alone! Come and learn about available resources and assistance,
things to consider when getting started, and begin planning your dream business.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2019, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Placer Business Resource Center, 1000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 105, Rocklin
Cost is $10 per person. Registration required. Register online at

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Capay Mills is hiring!

Are you interested in helping revive our local grain economy? Maybe you're a passionate baker? Do you live in the Davis/Winters/Woodland area and are available to work 2 full days (16 hours) a week helping us meet demand for our unique, locally grown, heirloom flours?

If so, Capay Mills is looking for a reliable, responsible, and enthusiastic associate to oversee production at our storefront flourmill in beautiful downtown Esparto, gateway to Capay Valley! You’ll be ably assisted by an experienced recent Esparto High graduate (who is attending UCD next year). Capay Mills has exciting expansion plans in the coming year, and I need production help so I can concentrate on business planning and fundraising. 

Our customers include some of the most celebrated restaurants and artisan bakers in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Davis. We match our customers in the passion, craft and attention we bring to our flours. We are also involved in re-kindling a vibrant local grain economy, working with small growers to reintroduce cereal grains as a cash crop on diversified, sustainable local farms. Capay Mills grows a portion of the grain we mill, while increasing the supply of historical and heritage wheat for planting.

You will be responsible, after training, for all aspects of milling, from mill operation and maintenance to packaging. There are additional opportunities to contribute to sales and marketing at our Bay Area farmers’ markets, as well as helping with grain cultivation, harvest and processing in Capay Valley.

You must be over 18 years old, able to lift 50+ lbs. and be comfortable spending the day on your feet working with machinery in a noisy and dusty environment. Capay Mills is probably not the best environment for those with gluten sensitivities. 

If you're interested, reply to with “Mill Associate” in the subject line. Learn more about Capay Mills at

Full Time Miller, Part-time grower