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Sustainable Agriculture Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/07/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Unspecified Technologies
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind, Biomass, Solar-powered equipment; other on-farm energy production
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural, Farms Only
Maximum Incentive:$40,000 per farm family ($160,000 for joint projects)
Terms:Fixed interest rate (currently 3%) for up to 7 years
2:1 collateral to loan ratio required
Funding Source:Sustainable Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund
Program Budget:$1,000,000
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Minn. Stat. ยง 17.115

The Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Loan program will provide loans to Minnesota residents actively engaged in farming for capital expenditures which enhance the environmental and economic viability of a farm. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of purposes including projects related to on-farm energy production, energy use reductions or efficiency improvements, and solar powered equipment. Projects must result in both environmental improvement and improved profitability. Past loans have supported wind turbines, solar grain dryers and water pumps, small on-farm fuel production, and biomass burning furnaces, but most have been directed towards soil conservation.

Loans are available in amounts of up to $40,000 per farm family, with up to $160,000 ($40,000 per farmer) available for joint projects. The program currently offers a fixed interest rate of 3% over a term based on the expected life of the loan collateral, not to exceed 7 years. A 2:1 ratio of collateral to loan amount is required. The actual interest rate could change in the future, but is limited by statute to 6% or less. Repayment of the loan takes place on a semi-annual schedule.

Loan proceeds may not be used to cover operating expenses or to refinance existing debt obligations. The program accepts and reviews applications throughout the year. Please visit the program website or contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for additional information.

  Mary Hanks
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: (651) 201-6277
Web Site:
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