Farmer Community & Qualifications
Does Steward work with beginning farmers and ranchers?
How does Steward assess animal welfare in farming projects?
What does the Steward loan process involve?
How does Steward define sustainable and regenerative agriculture?
What kind of agriculture businesses does Steward work with?
Am I eligible for a Steward agricultural loan?
Can I use a Steward loan to purchase land?
Using The Steward Platform
Using Steward: Application Process
About Project Pages
What identity verification documents do I need?
Verify your business with Steward's payment facilitator
What should I include in my Farm Page?
Using Steward: Live Loan Project
What happens when a project successfully meets its loan amount?
How do I find anchor lenders to participate in my loan?
What is the point of the private raise period?
Using Steward: Growth & Repayments
Farmer Educational Resources
Education: Farm Finance
Education: Become a Marketing Master
FAQ Participated Loans - Borrowers
How is tax handled for my investment?
Payment Profile Creation - Errors and Solutions
Why did my transaction fail?
How much can I invest?
Can I sell my shares?
I am based Outside the US - can I invest with Steward?
What is Dwolla?
What investor opportunities are available with Steward?
What transaction methods are available when making an investment?
What are the fees for investors?
Why is personal information required in order to handle payments on Steward?
Why is my transaction still pending?
Your Steward Wallet
FAQ Participated Loans - Lenders
Updated by Steward Team
Steward's participated loans are often one piece of the farm finance puzzle. While many diversified farms struggle to obtain traditional funding through their local agricultural lending agency, there still are a number of options available to diversified sustainable and regenerative farms in the form of grants and low-interest loans.
Steward is committed to assisting farms with all things farm finance and will continue to build out this list of resources. Given the constantly changing federal funding landscape be sure to check which programs are available at any given time.
Helpful Links & Resources:
- USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
- USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain
- USDA Farm Loan Discovery Tool
- USDA Service Center Locator Tool
- USDA Financial Resources for Farmers and Ranchers
- Navigating USDA Funding by Food System 6 Blog
While USDA grants and low-interest loans can be a great option, be prepared for a longer time to capital wait period when applying to programs. Additionally, many programs have a % matching component to receive the loan. Steward funding can be a great option to stack on top of USDA loan and grant programs and we are happy to work with farms using a blended source of capital to meet farm finance needs.
Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources. Please reach out to your local USDA rep to receive the most up to date information.