In response to the EF4 tornado that struck Mayflower and Vilonia in late April, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas is offering rural homeowners across the western portion of the state low-interest storm shelter financing.

"We are saddened by the number of Arkansans who have lost their lives in tornadoes in recent years and want to do our part to help make storm shelters an affordable option for more families," explains President and CEO Glen Manchester.

Eligible borrowers may finance the purchase and installation of a professional storm shelter for three, five or seven years. Farm Credit will finance up to $7,500 per storm shelter.

"Arkansans are continually reminded that we get our share of severe weather and we see our neighbors looking for ways to protect their families," Manchester continued. "Offering low-interest storm shelter financing is just one more way we’re addressing the needs of the communities we serve and enriching rural life."

Farm Credit of Western Arkansas has more than $1 billion in assets and is a part of the national Farm Credit System. With 20 branch offices and 105 employees, Farm Credit provides credit and financial services to more than 5,000 member-owners across 41 western Arkansas counties.

For more information contact Jill Robertson with Farm Credit of Western Arkansas in Russellville at (877) 968-6788 ext. 5106 or