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Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

The Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program is a part of USDA’s Build Back Better initiative to strengthen critical supply chains and our food system. This program guarantees loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects, specifically for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain. The program will support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.

How to Apply

For Lenders

For Borrowers

  • Eligible borrowers must be directly engaged in the middle of the food supply chain, specifically the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution of food. Examples of the types of entities that may qualify for the program include a meat processor or a food hub. As a borrower, your lender will work with you to verify your project qualifies.

  • Borrowers should talk to their preferred lender to determine if the lender is approved through the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. If not, you may want to encourage them to participate. Otherwise, contact your state office for assistance with identifying a participating lender.

    Other Resources

    As you start or grow your operation, we encourage you to learn more about the programs and services available through USDA.

    Guides

Tools & Resources

Build Back Better

USDA is committed to strengthening the U.S. food supply chain through the investment of $4 billion in the nation’s food supply production, processing, distribution, and markets. It’s time to build back better.

Información en Español

El USDA está comprometido con la accesibilidad al a información de los programas que administra. Utilice este botón para ver la página del Programa de Préstamos con Garantía para la Cadena de Suministro de Alimentos en español.

Ask a Question

Do you require clarification, have a question, or just need to talk with someone who administers the program? Let us know and we’ll be happy to assist.

How to Become an Approved Lender

To participate in the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program, lenders must first become approved lenders through the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.

Events

Upcoming Events

Upcoming USDA and partner-hosted events related to the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program will be added below. You’re encouraged to attend to learn more about the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program and related programs.

Check back soon for future events.


Past Events

Past USDA and partner-hosted events will be archived below for your review. If a recording or transcript of the event is available, there will be a link to access it under the event heading.

Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program Lender Webinar
This webinar featured Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program content catered towards commercial lenders and financial service providers. 
Dec. 20, 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Webinar Recording: Learn More

Food Supply Chain Finance Forum
This webinar, in partnership with Georgetown University’s Rural Opportunity Initiative, highlighted the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program.
Dec. 14, 2021
2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Webinar Recording: Learn More

USDA Presents: Access to Capital in Rural America for Non-Regulated Lenders Webinar
This webinar featured prominent speakers from across Rural Development discussing the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and answering questions about the new process and application.
Oct. 28, 2021
10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Webinar Recording: Learn More

Contact Us

This program is administered at the National Office level. If you have questions, please refer to the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Fact Sheet and the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you cannot find the answer to your questions with these resources, please contact Jeff Hudson at rdfoodsupplychainloans@usda.gov.

Mail should be addressed to Rural Business - Cooperative Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Mail Stop 3201, Room 5801 – South, Washington, D.C. 20250-3201