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Financing A Farmland Purchase: Legal basics for traditional and non-traditional farmland purchases

Broadcast Date: March 23, 2015
Chapter 1
What is Farm Commons and what will we learn in this tutorial?
Chapter 2
If farmland is gifted, the giftor may have legal obligations.
Chapter 3
 Basic Loan Principles
What's in your loan agreement? Get the legal basics on this flexible, popular tool for financing farmland.
Chapter 4
 Mortgages- loan plus security agreement
How does the security agreement affect your land purchase? Our tips can help it work for you.
Chapter 5
 FSA Loans
The loan programs available through the Farm Services Agency have helped farmers get started
Chapter 6
Seller financing often involves similar legal principles to a mortgage, but minus the bank
Chapter 7
 Land Contracts
Land contracts (aka contracts for deed or installment contract) can be an accessible way to purchase land without a downpayment
Chapter 8
Interest in investment is picking up but securities laws play an important role here
Chapter 9
Partners can be different than investors- know which you have and the legal implications.
Chapter 10
 Final Q and A
The last questions get wrapped up

Finding money to purchase land and capital is a huge issue for many farmers. Bank loans, land contracts (aka contracts for deed), and family financing offer some solutions. The legal language behind promissory notes, security agreements, land contracts, and mortgages isn’t just “boilerplate.” Farmers will learn the basics behind these documents. Farmers are also exploring new opportunities such as crowdsourcing funds from farm customers, friends, and members. To avoid costly fines, farmers must pay attention to the state and federal securities laws that affect these opportunities. This tutorial will give farmers knowledge of the legal basics when financing farmland.

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