American AgCredit’s AgYouth Financing Program is an important part of the Association’s commitment to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. We proudly support young people who have joined a 4-H club or Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and who have an interest in agriculture.

Who Can Apply?

FFA and 4-H participants nine years of age or older at the beginning of the fair year, who demonstrate a C average or better in school. Students must reside within our lending territory to qualify for financing.

Project Limits

Dairy — Replacement Heifer $2,500 max.
Beef — Market Steer $2,500 max.
Sheep — Market Lamb $1,000 max.
Swine — Market Hog $1,000 max.
Goat — Market/Replacement $1,000 max.
Calf — Market Calf $1,000 max.

What Are the Guidelines?

Funds may only be used to purchase and care for a project animal. Each student must keep accurate records available for American AgCredit to review. At the end of the project, or when the animal is sold, funds must be repaid.

How is the Program Set Up?

Funds are available for one project year, per student. Exceptions may be made for an extension or one additional project for an alternate fair. Advances are made payable to the student and parent or guardian.

How Do I Apply?

  • Complete an application at the link below and sign the agreement. Parent/guardian and club supervisor signatures are also required. Please include a copy of your most recent report card.

Deadline: Please submit materials no later than 60 days before the applicable sale date or fair.

Restrictions apply to this program. Applications should be submitted early to qualify for funding.


Printable AgYouth Financing Program brochure to distribute to your students can be downloaded here.

AgYouth Application

Apply Here