Minnesota farmers may seek assistance from the Rural Finance Authority’s Restructure Loan program if they have good credit but are having trouble with cash flow.

The Restructure Loan program is available for refinancing debt related to agricultural activities only and requires collateral of a first mortgage on farm real estate.

The current interest rate is 4.25 percent and the participation term may be up to a maximum of 10 years. The RFA will participate on 45 percent of a qualifying loan up to a maximum of $525,000. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee on all loans.

Applicants must be a resident of Minnesota, a Minnesota domestic family farm corporation or family farm partnership; be the principal operator of the farm; not be a current or previous participant in an RFA farm debt reorganization program; have a total net worth that does not exceed $1,777,000 (indexed for inflation); have received 50 percent of their gross income from farming over the past three years; and have expenses that do not exceed 95 percent of income.

For more information, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/restructure.

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