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Agriculture Best Management Practices (BMP) Program
  • Can be used with state and federal cost share or other sources of funding
  • Helps landowners comply with water related laws or rules
  • Money available in Watonwan County at 3% interest with a 1/2% origination fee
  • Provides loans for projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agricultural activities or failing septic systems
  • Provides low interest financing to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses to implement practices that prevent water pollution

Eligible Activities
  • Conservation tillage equipment
  • Feedlot improvements
  • Improved manure handling, spreading and incorporation equipment
  • Most any practice that prevents water pollution
  • Sealing abandoned wells
  • Terraces, waterways, streambank protection, sedimentation basins, wind breaks, and other practices that prevent erosion
  • Upgrading manure storage basins and odor control

Terms of Loans
  • Loan amounts are limited to $200,000 for most projects
  • Maximum loan length:
    • Animal waste storage - 10 years
    • Equipment - 5 years
    • Septic systems - 10 years
    • Well sealing - 10 years
Helpful Links
AgBMP Loan Program Examples
Search AgBMP Loan Contacts and Lendors

For More Information
Contact Heidi Rudolph at (507) 375-2517 for more information