FarmStart has invested in more than 300 entrepreneurial startups throughout the Northeast
“Farm Credit East has a long-term commitment of helping individuals get started in farming, forest products and commercial fishing,” said Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit East CEO. “Surpassing $15 million in FarmStart investments indicates the continued interest of young entrepreneurs to enter the industry, and we’re pleased to provide the capital and support these new businesses need to get started.”
“We were presented with an opportunity to run our own grape farm, however, financially we didn’t have the means to buy the necessary machinery and equipment,” said Helman. “FarmStart made it possible for us and helped us buy the machinery and supplies we’ll need over the next few years to build a successful business.”
FarmStart, LLP is a joint initiative of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank to fulfill Farm Credit’s long-term commitment to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial northeast agricultural community. FarmStart participants complete a business plan and monthly cash flow budget to serve as a roadmap for their startup business. In addition to the financial investment, a FarmStart advisor works with each participant to help the new business stay on track toward achieving business objectives. For more information, visit FarmCreditEast.com/FarmStart.