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Finance & Budget Division


Steve Ernest, Director

Staff Directory

The Finance and Budget Division provides financial management services for the department. The Accounting Section provides central accounting services such as accounts payable services, federal grants coordination, professional/technical contracts coordination, and inventory/asset management. The Central Services Section provides centralized mail services, central motor pool services, and copying for the department's St. Paul offices. The division also coordinates and reviews the department's biennial and capital budget requests, fiscal and policy notes, and annual spending plan.

Financial Assistance

Rural Finance Authority Loans

The Rural Finance Authority offers low-interest loan programs to farmers for a wide variety of activities through the Rural Finance Authority.

Agriculture Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) Loans

No interest loans to local units of government who in turn provide low interest loans to producers and others for BMPs to implement non-point source pollution priorities in local water plans. Division staff work with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) and local water planners to develop applications, and an advisory committee reviews applications and advises on allocation decisions. Contact Dwight.Wilcox@state.mn.us or call 651-201-6618 for more information.