Nutrient Management Loan Program

The Nutrient Management Loan Program helps farms and other agricultural businesses fund nutrient management projects such as diversion, irrigation, anaerobic digesters, composting or treatment facilities.

Funding

This program is administered by FAME and was developed in cooperation with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF); the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; and the Maine Bond Bank.

Eligibility

Generally, any business or individual identified by DACF as having eligible agricultural non-point-sources pollution abatement projects.

Eligible uses include diversion, irrigation, anaerobic digesters, composting or treatment facilities in Maine. Projects must be deemed eligible by DACF.  See “Application Process” below.

Loan funds may not be used for working capital, non-project-related equipment and expenses, and refinancing. Borrowers that are defined as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation may not be eligible for this program. No construction lending.

Loan Amount

100% of an eligible project up to $450,000.

Interest Rate

2% fixed.

Loan Term

Determined by the useful life of the assets being financed, not to exceed 20 years.

Security

Assets being financed and other collateral, as required or available.

Fees

  • Loan origination fee: 2%
  • Annual loan administration fee: 1% of loan balance
  • Borrower is responsible for all costs of closing the loan.

Application Process

Complete the Eligibility Application below and submit to DACF (see contact information below). Once the project is deemed eligible by DACF, submit the approved Eligibility Application to FAME, along with the documents in the Application section below.

Contact

For Eligibility:

Mark Hedrich
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
207-287-7608
Fax:  207-287-7548

Application Downloads

For best results, please download .pdf forms locally, then open and complete them with Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t have Acrobat, you can download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader here. Save and print your completed forms, then mail to FAME.

Contact

FAME