What is FarmRaise, exactly?We are a digital platform that connects farmers to funding opportunities (grants, loans, cost-share).
Why does FarmRaise exist?
We're here because farmers and ranchers asked for more accessible and affordable farm funding. We demystify ag finance, eliminate stressful paperwork, and make funding more accessible to producers.
What does it mean to "Join FarmRaise"?
When you join our Launch List, we'll alert you when our platform is live in summer 2020 so you can register a free account and access time-saving, grant-unlocking tools! In the meantime, we can help you unlock grants and loans through a free FarmRaise consultation.
How much does it cost? How do you make money?
We know that farming is a tight margin business, and this version of FarmRaise is 100% free for farmers. We will charge lenders a small percent of every deal we source on the platform.
Are you trying to replace the USDA?
Definitely not. The USDA and its affiliates (including the Farm Service Agency and and the Natural Resources Conservation Service) provide crucial consultation and technical services to farmers (not to mention billions of dollars in grant and cost-share funding!). We are here to simplify government paperwork on the front end so that USDA agents have more time to partner with you. We also connect you to private funding opportunities in addition to government programs.
Are you a lending agency or a bank?
Nope. But we do partner with banks and lending agencies to connect their services to farmers.
What's with your focus on soil health?
At FarmRaise, we believe that accessible funding will help farmers to not only address their short-term financial needs, but also invest in long-term assets: clean water, clean air, biodiversity, and healthy soils. These crucial natural resources preserve the farm for the next generation while making an operation more profitable and resilient.
Have you launched yet?
What you see on this website is Version 1.0. These basic services are just the beginning, and by the end of 2020, you'll be able to apply for multiple funding programs through FarmRaise's single, streamlined application. Please share your thoughts on how we can improve, join our Launch List for updates, and stay tuned as we add new functionality to the platform.
What's your long-term goal?
FarmRaise promotes the vitality of rural communities by equipping farmers with capital to invest in their operations for the next generation. Learn more.
Who's behind this platform?
Our team is composed of Sami Tellatin and Jayce Hafner. You can learn more about us here!
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