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South Dakota: Farm Link Application

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Farm Link Program assists beginning farmers and ranchers to find access to agriculture production land.  Farm Link began in 1993 and is a free service administered by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the SDSU Ag Extension Services.  Farm Link creates a directory of beginning farmers and ranchers as well as a directory of current or retiring farmers and ranchers for the purpose of facilitating a skills mentoring and land transition relationship.  By working with established landowners, new and beginning farmer/rancher

South Dakota Beginning Farmer Down Payment Guaranty Program

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture offers a Beginning Farmer Down Payment Guaranty Program, which is available for qualifying beginning farmers that are utilizing the Beginning Farmer Bond program.  The BFDPG Program is not a direct loan fund, but a guaranty on a real estate purchase loan through a local lender.  The program provides a 20 percent guaranty of the bond amount.  This is a pro-rata guarantee and is reduced as payments are applied to principal.  

South Dakota Farm Link Enabling Statutes

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Farm Link Program assists beginning farmer/ranchers find access to agricultural land.  Farm Link began in 1993 and is a free service administered by the Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the SDSU Ag Extension Services.  Farm Link creates a directory of beginning farmers and ranchers as well as a directory of current or retiring farmers and ranchers for the purpose of facilitating a skills mentoring and land transition relationship.

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