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SmartStart EXPRESS Loan was Fast and Easy

Aaron Bleacher and his dad, Alan, grow chickens for Coleman Natural Meats and farm corn, wheat and hay in southern York County. “We needed a tractor for our chicken barns and I wanted to make a contribution to our business,” Alan explained. 

“I happened to find Farm Credit through an online search for financing,” remembered Aaron. After a phone call, Aaron connected with the local AgChoice York team. 

“We were in the middle of wheat harvest in July,” Aaron said. “I played phone tag with a loan officer over three days. Not many banks would have tolerated the back and forth calling.” 

After Aaron talked to a loan officer, he learned that he qualitied for a SmartStart EXPRESS loan. For eligible full-and part-time farmers applying for new start-up loans of $50,000 or less, SmartStart EXPRESS customers can receive special pricing after completing a brief application. 

“Our loan officer came to the house and we signed papers for the tractor loan,” he continued. “It was nice working with someone with a farm background who understood harvest season. The entire process was fast and easy with no issues.”

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