Agricultural Improvement Loan Program

Last updated: July 28, 2020

Program Overview

Implementing Sector:State
Category:Financial Incentive
Incentive Type:Loan Program
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Administrator:Rural Finance Authority
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:Wind (All), Biomass, Wind (Small), Anaerobic Digestion
Maximum Loan:RFA provides up to 45% of loan up to $300,000 of loan principal
Loan Term:Maximum term of 10 years


Name:Minn. Stat. § 41B.043
Date Enacted:01/01/1995


Technologies:Wind (All), Biomass, Wind (Small), Anaerobic Digestion
Parameters:The incentive has a maximum of $300.00


Agricultural Improvement Loan Program

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 $450,000 (indexed for inflation). Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 application processing fee.

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