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Value-Added Stock Loan Participation Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/13/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion
Applicable Sectors: Agricultural
Maximum Incentive:RFA provides up to 45% of the loan up to $40,000 of loan principal
Terms:Maximum term of eight years
RFA portion at lesser of 4% or half of lender's effective rate for the non-RFA portion
Interest-only loan payments permitted for 2 years
Funding Source:Rural Finance Authority Revolving Loan Account
Start Date:1994
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Minn. Stat. § 41B.046
05/11/1994 (subsequently amended)
Authority 2:
Date Effective:
Minn. R. 1656.0011 et seq.
10/26/2005 (most recent revision)
Authority 3:
Minn. Stat. § 500.24

The Value-Added Stock Loan Participation Program was created in 1994 and is designed to help farmers finance the purchase of stock in certain types of cooperative, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership that will produce a "value-added agricultural product." This may include wind energy and anaerobic-digestion cooperatives if they meet the eligibility requirements (see Statute and Rules for details).

Like Minnesota's Agricultural Improvement Loan Program, this is a "participation loan" program, where loans are made by individual financial institutions working with the Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The RFA purchases up to 45% of the loan principal up to $40,000. The participant negotiates an interest rate, which may be a variable or fixed rate, for the non-RFA portion of the loan with a lender. The interest rate offered by the RFA is then set at a fixed rate of the lesser of 4.0% or half the lender's effective rate at closing. Loans are for a maximum of 8 years, and interest-only payments are permitted for the first 2 years. Interest and loan principal repayments are deposited back into a revolving loan account. The RFA is not permitted to make stock loans cumulatively totaling more than $2 million for the financing of stock purchases in any one cooperative.

The program will not finance more than 95% of the price of the stock purchased by the participant. To qualify, an applicant must have a total net worth of less than $450,000 (indexed for inflation), including the assets and liabilities of the applicant's spouse and dependents.

  Gary Blahosky
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Development & Financial Assistance Division
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: (651) 201-6666
Fax: (651) 296-9388
Web Site:
  Ryan Roles
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Finance and Budget Division
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538
Phone: (651) 201-6666
Phone 2: (651) 201-6004
Web Site:
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