The Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers assistance to farmers affected by natural disasters, economic downturns and other adverse circumstances.
Ag Improvement Loan Program - This loan program can provide financing for buildings that have been lost to flooding and are being replaced with new buildings.
Restructure II Loan Program - Farmers can use this loan program to refinance their debt. Under this program, the RFA works with a local lender to help farmers.
Our Farm Advocate Program provides farmers, small business operators and other residents with one-on-one assistance. The Advocates are trained and experienced in helping farmers access federal aid and other resources available to them in a time of crisis.
The Disaster Recovery Loan Program is designed to help farmers pay for the cost of clean-up and removal of debris, lost seed or other crop inputs (including machinery repair), feed and livestock when damaged by high winds, hail, tornado or flood and not covered by insurance. The program offers affordable financing to repair existing agricultural buildings to pre-disaster conditions.
The AgBMP Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural BMPs that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.
In addition to these state programs and activities, the MDA works closely with federal agencies to address the needs of farmers.
This brochure provides a snapshot of all financing programs offered by the MDA (PDF: 2.03 MB / 7 pages)