Funds are available for local farmers and makers of sustainably produced products to expand through the Chequamegon Food Co-op Micro-Loan Program, which aims to grow the regional farming and food processing economy.

Revolving loans are available to producers within a 100-mile radius of Ashland, which includes the Twin Ports area.

Local farmers, value-added food producers and makers of sustainable, non-food-related products who have been established at least 12 months are eligible. The program offers loans of $2,500 or below with a two-year payback and loans of $2,500 to $5,000 with a three-year payback.

Loan applications can be found at the co-op and at They are due March 1.

Call 715-682-8251 or email for more information.