“I feel safe with the
Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board,
unlike a commercial bank.”
- George deVries, Colchester, NS

“They get to know you and your business;
see it first hand and understand your challenges.”
- Ian Tuttle/Ruth Tuttle, Cumberland County, NS

“The Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
has given me the tools I need to be successful.”
- Luke denHaan, Annapolis Valley, NS

“Farms have high and low points
and the lender has to be there through everything.
The Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
is like a partner in the farm.”
- George deVries, Colchester, NS

“The biggest difference between the
Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
and other lenders is the products they offer are better suited
to agriculture - they understand agriculture.”
- Michael Lightfoot, Kings County, NS

“The Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
knows farming.”
- George deVries, Colchester, NS

Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board

Lending Products

We can help improve the viability of farm operations in Nova Scotia.

Deferred Product Options

Purpose

A deferred loan structure has been developed for:

Profile

This product is designed for development of farm production where a long-range approach to cash flow generation is required. For example, most new apple production projects will not see cash flow generation for 4-6 years from start-up. This can place significant limits on how much cash a given farm can commit to new orchard development or any other crop where a significant time delay exists between start-up and established production. Developing mink ranches can have significant time lines between first mink placement and first auction receipts. In these situations it is difficult to borrow establishment money and operating funds, and at the same time service the debt with no additional production for several months or years.

In these situations the NSFLB will consider applications for established producers with interest only payments for up to 5 years. This loan could, for example, be amortized over 26- 30 years, (to establish an interest rate) with a 5 year deferral of principal followed by 21-25 years of blended payments.

Another option is a complete payment deferral on a major portion of the above loan for 3 years. The accrued interest from this 3 year period would be added to the principal at the end of the 3 year period and the client would make interest only payments in year 4 and year 5; and commencing full blended payments in year 6.

The cash flow effect is very significant, for example; borrow $1,000,000 today with a 5 year term, have no payment on the first $500,000 for three years and interest only for the last two years of the term. Pay interest only on the other $500,000 for five years. In year 6 fully blended payments would commence on the original loan plus the 3 years of accrued interest (the new principal amount).

Security

The "Deferred Product Option" product is typically secured by real estate, quota and applicable guarantees.

The Security may take the form of a General Security Agreement (GSA specifically charging the quota), Collateral Mortgage, existing Agreement of Sale, or Continuing Collateral Mortgage.


Making Payments

Payments may be made by cash, cheque, or electronic funds transfer, in person or by delivery to our offices in Truro or Kentville.

If you wish to be set up for Electronic Funds Transfer (Pre-authorized Debit) complete the Payment Authorization form, attach a void cheque, and deliver or fax it to us. Our fax number is 902-895-7693.


Other Products

  • Life Insurance

    Life Insurance is available to most clients and is a requirement of your loan. Life insurance may be obtained through the Board's Creditor Group Life Insurance policy with Sun Life Assurance, or privately.

  • Fixed Farm Mortgage

    Fixed rate interest for the full amortization period, from 1-30 years.

  • Term Farm Mortgage

    Term rate financing for 3-5-10 Term Options with 1-30 year amortizations.

  • The Quota Loan

    The Quota Loan is for buying milk quota, egg quota, broiler quota, and turkey quota. Clients know that to grow production and keep a farm moving into the future, it takes a big roll of cash.

  • The Farm Debt Consolidator

    The Farm Debt Consolidator is used as a cleanup tool for short-term payables, stagnant operating debt, medium term loans, and restructuring of long-term debt with other lenders.

  • Deferred Product Options

    A deferred loan structure has been developed for general cash flow situations that require a principal deferment to help a farm manage its cash situation.

  • The “Jump Start” Program

    Jump Start program is designed for new entrant farmers. In combination with the Provincial FarmNext plan this program can give a new farmer a real boost to get his or her farm life off to a great start.

  • “Fast Tracktor” - Equipment Financing

    The Fast Tracktor loan authorization is an equipment purchasing line of credit. The loan option provides a preapproved equipment line of credit for clients requiring new or used equipment to sustain their operation.

Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board
Truro - Head Office

74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Tel: 902-893-6506
Fax: 902-895-7693

Kentville - Field Office

Kentville Agricultural Centre
32 Main Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 1J5

Tel: 902-679-6009
Fax: 902-679-4997