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Agricultural Improvement Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/22/2014
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural
Maximum Incentive:RFA provides up to 45% of loan up to $300,000 of loan principal
Terms:Maximum term of 10 years
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Minn. Stat. ยง 41B.043
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
Minn. R. 1650.0601 et seq.
10/26/2005 (most recent revision)

The Agricultural Improvement Loan Program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) and  provides loans to farmers for improvements or additions to permanent agricultural facilities. In 1995, wind-energy systems with a maximum capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) became eligible for the program.

Like Minnesota's Stock Loan Program, this is a "participation loan," where loans are made by individual financial institutions working with the RFA. The RFA has a Master Participation Agreement with over 400 financial institutions throughout the state; this agreement governs the responsibilities of the various parties in such participation loans. RFA participation is limited to 45% of the principal amount of the loan or $300,000, whichever is less. Terms for the remainder of the loan are negotiated between the participant and the lender.

The borrower must be a Minnesota resident, a Minnesota domestic family-farm corporation or a family-farm partnership. The borrower (or one of the borrowers) must be the principal operator of the farm. The borrower may not have a total net worth exceeding $444,000 (indexed for inflation). Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 application processing fee.

  Gary Blahosky
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Development & Financial Assistance Division
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: (651) 201-6666
Fax: (651) 296-9388
Web Site:
  Ryan Roles
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Finance and Budget Division
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: (651) 201-6666
Phone 2: (651) 201-6004
Web Site:
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