The Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) interest assistance interest assistance program allows lenders to enter into an agreement with FSA to subsidize a guaranteed farm operating loan by reducing the interest rate charged to the borrower by up to four percentage points. With fiscal 1997-2003 data, an incidental truncation model framework is used to analyze: 1) commercial bank usage of the program; and 2) intensity of commercial bank usage. The results suggest bank characteristics, farm and non-farm financial characteristics, region, and time are important factors in determining bank usage of the interest assistance program and its intensity.


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