Free adult ag class set for Monday

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cassville class provides ways for farmers, landowners to finance projects

The Cassville High School has planned a free adult education class for farmers and landowners to learn how they can take advantage of programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The class starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school agriculture department.

"If you own a farm or if you own land in Barry County, there might be some kind of program that you can take advantage of to finance a project or anything like that," said Kelin Kruse, high school instructor in the ag department. "It would be a good opportunity to come and find out what USDA has to offer."

Russ Neill, farm loan manager with the USDA Farm Service Agency, said he will mainly talk about USDA loans. His office covers Barry, Lawrence, McDonald and Newton counties.

"Any given year, we'll handle between 80 and 100 [loans] out of this office," Neill said. "I think last year that equated to about $25 million. But, that varies from year to year."

The loans primarily help with crop, equipment, land, livestock or machinery expenses, he said. If farmers or landowners require a loan, they need to bring in a current balance sheet or financial statement, provide cost estimates for their proposed project and give a description of their plans.

Cassville High School is located on Highway Y, just off Business Highway 37. The ag department is located at the rear of the school. The class participants can enter through the shop door.

The class does not require any registration. If people want to reserve a spot in the class, they can contact Ag Instructors Kruse or Jimmy Hinson at, or 417-847-3137.

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