CADA loan program is known as the Beginning Farmer Program. The program involves a three-way transaction among the lender, the borrower and CADA. Through the issuance of a tax-exempt bond by CADA to the lender, all interest paid by the borrower is tax-exempt. The result is an interest rate to the borrower below commercial rates.
There are certain fees associated with obtaining a beginning farmer loan through this program. These fees include:
A non-refundable $50 application fee payable to CADA.
The legal fees for drafting the necessary documents and certificates is $1,250. Loans larger than $200,000 may have higher fees.
Of 1/4 of 1 percent (minimum of $100) which covers the costs CADA experiences in closing the loan (the application fee will be applied to CADA’s closing fee); and,
Equal to 1/8 of 1 percent of the unpaid principal of the bond. The lending institution may also charge usual and customary fees and points which are mutually agreed upon by the lender and borrower and are approved by CADA.
NOTE: this loan can be used in conjunction with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Beginning Farmer Program. Please refer to FSA guidelines for qualifications.