$15 million in loans for meat and poultry processors now available through MDA

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority (RFA) has opened applications for a new revolving loan program to support Minnesota’s small and medium-sized meat and poultry processors.

The Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) offers $15 million in low-interest loans for the start-up, expansion, or operation of slaughter and value-added processing. MPILP is funded by a grant from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.

“Investing in local processors is an investment in Minnesota’s economy and communities,” MDA Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “Thanks to the generous support of USDA, this robust loan program will help increase the capacity of meat and poultry processors across Minnesota, in turn leading to increased access for consumers.”

Loans of up to $7 million will be available at a 3% fixed interest rate with a term of up to 10 years. Funds can be used to purchase land or equipment, cover start-up costs, and make other business investments. Returned funds will be made available to new borrowers.

“Investments like this go so much further than the dollars provided,” USDA Rural Development State Director in Minnesota Colleen Landkamer said. “They open opportunities for further partnerships between MDA and USDA; sustain and expand opportunities for smaller, independent producers and processors; and ultimately strengthen our independence as a nation on our own food supply chain. USDA will continue to work towards giving farmers and ranchers a fair chance to compete in a global marketplace and help lower food costs for the American people. We can’t wait to see what opportunities are created through this partnership with MDA.”

Minnesota was awarded the maximum of $15 million in grant money targeting meat and poultry processing from the USDA Rural Development Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program. The USDA is investing a total of $200 million across the nation through two rounds of program grants.

Loan applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To find more information and to access the application, visit the MPILP webpage.

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