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USDA Launches Online Payment Feature for Farm Loans, Streamlining Services for Agricultural Producers


  • The USDA introduces an online payment option for farm loan borrowers, enhancing convenience and efficiency.
  • This digital initiative is part of the Farm Service Agency’s efforts to modernise services and support farmers and ranchers with streamlined processes and expanded credit access.
  • Additional online tools and a simplified loan application process aim to improve the customer experience for agricultural producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken a significant step forward in supporting the nation’s farmers and ranchers by enabling most farm loan borrowers to manage their direct loan payments online. Starting in early February, the “Pay My Loan” feature on will offer a convenient, time-saving solution for agricultural producers, aligning with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) mission to modernise its operations and enhance customer service.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small highlighted the importance of this development, acknowledging the challenges faced by farmers and ranchers and the value of their time. The online payment facility is designed to streamline business transactions, allowing producers to focus more on their farming activities rather than administrative tasks.

Traditionally, over 225,000 farm loan payments are processed annually by local USDA Service Centers. The introduction of “Pay My Loan” aims to alleviate the need for borrowers to engage in time-consuming methods of payment such as phone calls, mail, or in-person visits. Now, payments can be made conveniently online, at any time, providing flexibility to accommodate the busy schedules of farmers and ranchers.

Furthermore, this digital advancement benefits FSA farm loan employees by reducing the need for manual payment processing, thereby freeing up more time to concentrate on processing new loans and servicing requests. This efficiency gain is expected to enhance the overall effectiveness of the Farm Loan Programs.

Access to the “Pay My Loan” feature requires producers to set up a USDA customer account and secure a USDA Level 2 eAuthentication (“eAuth”) account or a account. Initially, the service will be available to individual borrowers, with those holding jointly payable checks advised to continue making payments through their local office for the time being.

In addition to the online payment option, the FSA is committed to streamlining and automating customer-facing processes within the Farm Loan Program. Notable improvements include the introduction of an Online Loan Application, offering a paperless, interactive experience with electronic signature capabilities and the ability to attach supporting documents.

The Loan Assistance Tool and a significantly simplified direct loan paper application, reduced from 29 pages to just 13, further exemplify the FSA’s dedication to improving service and accessibility for the over 26,000 producers who apply for a direct loan each year.

This suite of digital tools and process enhancements represents a pivotal shift towards modernising agricultural support services, ensuring that the USDA continues to meet the evolving needs of America’s agricultural community with efficiency and innovation.