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Agricultural Bonds

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  • Bad credit program

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What Are Agricultural Bonds?

Agricultural packers, market agencies, and dealers need to obtain agricultural bonds in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s requirements, as well as with state regulations. Agricultural bonds have also been known as agricultural packers and stockyards bonds.

This type of surety bond acts as a safety net for the federal government and the state you operate in. It guarantees that agricultural businesses will abide by the rules set forth in the Packers and Stockyards Act, and will account properly for sales of agricultural products and livestock.

Like other surety bonds, agricultural bonds function like a three-party contract. Your agricultural business is the principal that needs to obtain the bond. The federal or state authority requiring the bond is the obligee. The surety is the entity which provides the bond.

Find Your Surety Bond

  • California
    SURETY BOND / PRODUCE DEALERS ACT
    Department of Food & Agriculture
  • Federal Government
    REQUIRED OF LIVESTOCK MARKET AGENCIES, DEALERS, AN
    US Dept of Agriculture
  • Federal Government
    H-2A Labor Contractors Bond
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Federal Government
    H-2 Farm Labor Contractor Bond
    US Deptartment of Labor
  • Federal Government
    US DOL Farm Contractor Bond
    US Department of Labor
  • Federal Government
    USDA Warehouse Operator's Bond
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Government
    Livestock Market Agencies, Dealers, & Packers
    US Department of Agriculture
  • Florida
    Agricultural Products Dealer Bond
    Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Florida
    Citrus Fruit Dealer's
    Dept of Agricultural & Consumer Services
  • Florida
    Agricultural Products Dealer
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Ser
  • Florida
    Agricultural Products Dealer
    Florida Department of Agricultural
  • Florida
    CITRUS FRUIT DEALER’S
    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Florida
    BOND OF CITRUS FRUIT DEALER (PAYMENT OF CITRUS EXC
    FLORIDA DEPT OF AGRICULTURE
  • Florida
    BOND OF CITRUS FRUIT DEALER (PAYMENT OF CITRUS INS
    FLORIDA DEPT OF CITRUS
  • Florida
    Fertilizer Dealer Bond
    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
  • Georgia
    Warehouseman's
    Department of Agriculture
  • Georgia
    Grain Dealer
    Commissioner of Agriculture c/o Bonding Section
  • Illinois
    Timber Buyer
    IL Dept. of Natural Resources Office of Law Enfor.
  • Indiana
    Livestock Market Facilities and Dealers Bond
    Indiana State Board of Health
  • Minnesota
    Agricultural (Non-Livestock) Bond
    Minnesota Dept of Agriculture
  • New Jersey
    Secretary of Agriculture
    Secretary of Agriculture of The State of NJ
  • New York
    Farm Products Dealer Bond
    Dept of Agriculture and markets
  • North Carolina
    Grain Dealer's Bond
    NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Serv.
  • North Dakota
    Roving Grain Buyer's Bond
    North Dakota Public Services COmmission
  • North Dakota
    Roving Grain Buyer's Bond
    Public Service Commission
  • Ohio
    Auction Firm Bond
    Argicultural Department
  • Tennessee
    Pesticides
    Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee
    Pest Control License Bond
    Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Texas
    Child and Adult Care Food Program Bond
    Texas Department of Agriculture
  • Washington
    Agricultural Dealer
    WA State Dept of Agriculture
  • Wisconsin
    Public Warehouse Keeper Bond
    WI Department of Agriculture

Questions about Agricultural Packers Bonds

Who needs to obtain an agricultural bond?

Different kinds of agricultural businesses need to get an agricultural surety bond. Some of them include packers, market agencies and dealers, which are required to get bonded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

However, in a number of states, these companies also need to get a bond to meet state agencies’ requirements. Some of the businesses that have to be bonded include cotton dealers and warehouses, grain dealers and warehouses, agricultural brokers, distributors, dealers and sales agents, and livestock and equine dealers and brokers.

How much does an agricultural bond cost?

The major factor that determines the price of your agricultural bond is the bond amount you are required to obtain. This amount is set by the federal or state authority that regulates your business activity. In some cases, it can be a predefined amount, while in others, the bond amount can be based on your business volume.

While your bond amount can be significant, the bond premium that you have to pay to get bonded is only a fraction of it. If your financial situation is stable, your bonding rates can be as low as 1% to 2.5%. A simple calculation shows that for a $20,000 bond, you might end up paying only $200 to $500.

The bond price is set whenever you apply with a surety. It examines your personal and business finances, including your personal credit score, business financial records, and assets and liquidity. The bond premium is lower if your overall profile is strong.

Our surety bond cost page is a great resource on how your bond price is determined.

Can I get bonded with bad credit?

For agricultural businesses with problematic finances, getting bonded can be a challenge. Lance Surety Bonds’ experts are aware of these difficulties, which is why we operate our Bad Credit Surety Bonds program. It’s here to help bond applicants with low credit scores, tax liens, bankruptcies, or civil judgements to obtain the bond they need.

As the risk of bonding is higher, the bond premiums are in the range of 5% and 10%. With us, however, you can rely on a top bonding rate for your situation. We foster close relations with a number of A-rated, T-listed surety companies. This allows us to shop around for the best matching bond option for you.

How can I get an agricultural bond?

Getting your agricultural bonds is not complicated. You can apply online today for a free bond quote and receive it in no time.

For an exact bond price, just complete the full application package online and attach all necessary paperwork.

Need more information? You can always refer to our How to Get Bonded page for a complete overview of the bonding process.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help. Just call us at (877) 514-5146. Lance Surety Bonds’ specialists will assist you with your application or bonding queries.

How are bond claims handled for agricultural bonds?

Unlike insurance, surety bonds do not protect your agricultural business. In fact, they work in the interest of federal and state authorities and the general public. They guarantee that your company will abide by all relevant laws and will make all due payments in relation to your business activity.

In case you break your obligations, a claim can be made on your agricultural bond. If proven, the surety will have to financially compensate the affected party. The maximum claim amount is the penal sum of your bond. Afterwards your business is liable to repay it in full.

Claims can lead to serious financial damages for your business. Besides that, getting bonded after a proven claim can be difficult, which means that your future opportunities can be jeopardized as well. The wisest course of action is to avoid situations that can lead to claims as much as possible.

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What Our Clients Have To Say?

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