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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

Ag BMP Loan Program Brochure

Ag Best Management Practice (BMP) Loan Program:

 The Winona County SWCD works with the MN Department of Ag to offer low interest loans to to farmers, rural landowners, and  agriculture supply businesses to implement practices that prevent water pollution.

Terms of loans:

  1. Loan amounts are limited to: $200,000.
  2. Maximum Loan Length:
     Animal Waste Storage - 10 years
     Equipment - 5 years
     Septic systems - 10 years
     Well sealing - 10 years
  3. The maximum interest rate is 3% interest plus usual and customary fees charged by the lender.
  4. The county and local banker may set additional terms and requirements for eligibility of projects.
  5. These loans are meant to encourage water quality protection and may only be used to solve existing water quality problems.

Eligible Activities:

  1. Feedlot improvements
  2. Upgrading manure storage basins and odor control
  3. Improved manure handling, spreading and incorporation equipment
  4. Terraces, waterways, streambank protection, sedimentation basins, wind breaks and other practices that prevent erosion
  5. Conservation tillage equipment
  6. Repair of individual sewage treatment systems
  7. Sealing abandoned wells
  8. Most any practice that prevents water pollution

Ineligible Activities:

  1. Financing projects already completed
  2. Improvement for feedlots with more than 1,000 animal units
  3. Most new construction projects

For more information, contact:

Daryl Buck

Winona County SWCD

400 Wilson Street

Lewiston, MN 55952

Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 112

Ag BMP Loan Program Application