In June 2020, the Minnesota State Legislature established and set aside $175,000 to fund the Farm Loan Guarantee Fee Grant Program.  Applications for the program will be accepted through December 1, 2020. The program officially ends December 30, 2020.

Am I eligible to apply?

You must:

  • Have closed on a qualifying FSA restructure loan between May 28, 2020 and December 15, 2020.
  • Be in mediation or have recently received a Mediation Notice.
  • Have a net worth of $800,000 or less.
  • Be a resident of Minnesota.
  • Regularly participate in the physical labor or operations in your farming operation.

How do I apply?

To participate in the program, you must submit the following documents to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture:

  • Completed application form with your signature.
  • Completed and signed W-9 Form.
  • Lender’s Balance Sheet or FSA Form 2037 demonstrating a net worth of under $800,000.
  • Copy of Mediation Request or proof of mediation proceedings.
  • Copy of Conditional Commitment from the lender or FSA Form 2232 that shows FSA Guarantee Fee amount.
  • Loan Commitment showing the primary purpose of the loan is debt restructuring (over 50% of loan amount).

Applications must be received or postmarked by December 1, 2020 and all supporting documentation no later than December 15, 2020.

Send your application and documentation to:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Attn: RFA
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

Or email fillable application and documentation to Matthew.McDevitt@state.mn.us

How much of a grant can I receive and when?

Eligible farmers will receive 50 percent of the amount of the loan guarantee fee paid to close an eligible FSA restructure loan.  Grants will be processed with first priority going to farmers currently in mediation.