Frequently Asked Questions
An ACA, or Agricultural Credit Association, is a Farm Credit financial service provider specializing in loans to purchase, improve and/or operate farms, ranches, recreational property, and agribusinesses. ACAs are cooperatively owned and locally operated.
Ag New Mexico FCS offers a variety of loan programs and interest rate plans, with both fixed- and variable-rate loans available. We also offer small-loan programs and loans for young, beginning and small farmers (YBS). Loans may be used to:
- Cover operating expenses such as seed and chemicals
- Purchase land
- Refinance existing mortgages and other debts
- Construct and repair buildings
- Improve farm and ranch property
- Construct and improve agribusiness facilities
- Purchase machinery and equipment
- Purchase livestock
- Pay for the family living expenses of the association's member-stockholders
- Meet other needs where term financing is appropriate
Anyone owning or purchasing rural property or who is engaged in farming, ranching, timber or other ag-related businesses may be eligible. This includes individuals, partnerships and corporations. People who farm part time also are eligible. Additionally, individuals may obtain financing for rural residences or recreational property. Loan approval and terms are subject to the creditworthiness of the applicant and the collateral offered.
Customers of Ag New Mexico FCS become part-owners in the association through stock purchases determined by the amount of their loan. They also have the right to vote on co-op decisions, including the election of its board of directors.
Whether you are a young farmer just starting out or a large corporation, the association is capable of meeting your financing needs. The association has alliances with other associations to make even large, complex agribusiness loans. When assessing a loan application, loan officers consider these primary factors: the individual, financial responsibility, repayment capacity, loan purpose and security offered.
Primarily, the nature of the loan, its purpose and the financial capacity of the customer determine repayment options. Repayments may be set up to coincide with the marketing of crops or livestock. They also may be paid in installments from farm operations or non-agricultural sources.
All real estate loans must be secured by a first mortgage, generally on the farm or ranch that is financed by the loan. Collateral requirements on livestock and equipment loans vary.