Emerging Farmers Can Receive More Help Getting Started
3 Aug 2020
Agriculture, Business, New Business, Economic Development
A loan program designed to help nontraditional farmers start or expand their businesses is doubling the maximum amount that emerging farmers can borrow.
The Pilot Agricultural Microloan Program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority (RFA) can be used for working capital (annual costs such as seed, feed, fertilizer, land rent) or equipment and other farm asset purchases with a common useful life of 10 years or less.
The Minnesota Legislature this year appropriated funds to expand the maximum loan amount from $10,000 to $20,000.
“We know that agricultural opportunity is not equally available to all Minnesotans. We also know that there is an urgent need to address the future of farming in Minnesota,” Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey said. “We at the MDA are examining how to better support Emerging Farmers, and this is one more tool we can use to increase our support for farmers who have traditionally faced barriers to the education and resources necessary to succeed.”