Marilla, New York
Rick Janiga and his wife own and operate R + D Janiga Enterprises. What started with just more than 90 cows 40 years ago has grown into a 400-cow dairy, cash crop and custom harvest operation. In looking back at how dramatically the costs of farm inputs have grown in the past four decades, Rick understands the hurdles young and beginning farmers face. As a board member of Farm Credit East since 2000, he has been promoting Farm Service Agency guaranteed loans as a critical tool to help new producers get started and stay afloat. Listen to Rick discuss the need for Congress to increase the loan size limits for FSA guaranteed to help ensure the commercial viability of these new and small enterprises.