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Rural Finance Authority Board

2016 Board Meeting Schedule:

The Rural Finance Authority holds its board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. The board meetings are held at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul. The majority of these meetings are conducted by teleconference. The duration of these meetings are usually under one hour. The schedule for the remainder of 2016 is:

  • Feb 3
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 1
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7
The meetings held the first week of July and August are canceled. One meeting is held toward middle of August (date/location yet to be set). This meeting is held out-state.
Notice of Additional Scheduled Meeting
A special meeting of the Rural Finance Authority (RFA) Board has been scheduled for July 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Future monthly meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN at 1:00 p.m. Some members may participate in certain of these meetings by electronic means. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 471.705 (1997), the Agency, to the extent practicable, will allow a person to monitor those certain meetings electronically from a remote location. If such monitoring shall occur, the Agency may require the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the Agency incurs as a result of the additional connection.

For additional information, contact Ryan Roles, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538 or call (651) 201-6666.

There are six public members appointed by the Governor. No public member may reside in the metropolitan area.

The Rural Finance Authority board consists of representatives from five state agencies:

  • Department of Agriculture (Chair)
  • Minnesota Management and Budget (Vice-chair)
  • State Auditor
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Employee and Economic Development (DEED)

Powers and Duties include: The authority’s purpose is to develop the state’s agricultural resources by extending credit on farm real estate security and depreciable agricultural property (improvements, machinery, animals). The authority carries out this purpose by purchasing participation interests in loans or selling Agricultural Development Revenue Bonds to agricultural lenders or individuals for the purchase of agricultural items. Another loan participation program provides for restructuring farmer agricultural debt. An additional program was added in 1994 providing assistance to lower equity farmers to purchase stock in a value-added processing cooperative.

Rural Finance Authority Board Members

  • Dave Frederickson, Commissioner
    Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538 ~ 651-201-6219    
  • Myron Frans, Commissioner
    Minnesota Management and Budget, 400 Centennial Building, St. Paul, MN 55155 ~ 651-201-8024
  • Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
    525 Park Street, Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55103 ~ 651-296-2524 ~ rebecca.otto@osa.state.mn.us
  • Katie Clark, Acting Commissioner
    DEED, Business & Com. Dev. Division, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351 ~ 651-259-7112 ~ katie.clarke@state.mn.us 
  • Mike Rothman, Commissioner
    Department of Commerce, 85 Seventh Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101 ~ 651-539-1720
  • Mr. Sander Ludeman
    1616 310th Avenue, Tracy, MN 56175 ~ 507-629-3793 ~ splude@llwb.coop
  • Ms. Mary Gritzmacher
    Unity Bank, 26171 Highway 27, Pierz, MN 56364 ~ 320-468-0366x2306 ~ mgritzmacher@unitybanking.com
  • Ms. Sarah Kern
    335 Cossairt Avenue, Eden Valley, MN 55329 ~ 320-842-7201, ext. 111 ~ jeffandsarah@meltel.net
  • Ms. Jennifer Berquam
    628 Sandy Ct., Wanamingo, MN 55983 ~ 651-308-8266 ~ jberquam@hotmail.com
  • Ms. Carol Anderson
    14235 115th Avenue NE, Foley, MN 56329 ~ 320-492-1663 ~ ander@fallsnet.com
  • Mr. Gary Wertish
    26416 County Road 17, Renville, MN 56284 ~ 651-262-7128 ~ gary@mfu.org
  • Mr. John Mule, RFA Legal Counsel 
    Assistant Attorney General; Bremer Tower, Suite 1800, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 ~ 651-757-1397 ~ john.mule@ag.state.mn.us