Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag.BMP)
The Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Fund (Ag.BMP) Program provides low interest financing for individuals to install conservation practices or purchase conservation tillage equipment. An annual allocation from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is available to farm operators and agricultural land owners for implementing water quality improvement projects.
The AgBMP Loan Program is a three percent low interest loan option to rural landowners within Grant County for conservation practices. AgBMP funds can be allocated for installing feedlot and manure storage systems, replacing or upgrading individual sewage treatment systems (ISTS), sealing abandoned wells, purchasing conservation tillage equipment designed to allow for higher levels of crop residue, or installing terraces, diversions, sediment and water control basins.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must:
- Have a water quality improvement project
- Receive financial approval from a participating local lender
- Agricultural waste storage and handling equipment projects must operate within the guidelines of a Animal Confinement and/or Manure Storage Facility (Feedlot) Permit
- Individual sewage treatment system are required to be constructed as per MN Statute 7080
Ag.BMP low interest loans may also be used in conjunction with State Cost Share or Federal Environment Quality Incentives Program dollars. For more information on this program, please contact Joe Montonye at the Grant SWCD.
Click here for a brocure on the Ag BMP Program.