Financial Assistance Programs

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The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) in conjunction with the South Dakota Value Added Finance Authority (VAFA) offers financial assistance to South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers as well as value-added businesses.

February 27, 2014 VAFA Meeting

The VAFA’s mission is to provide lower cost financing, which is achieved by acting as a conduit to issue federally tax-exempt bonds. The VAFA is a seven member board appointed by the Governor. The board usually meets the last Thursday of the month, providing timely approval of applications.

The VAFA was formed in 1996 and as of June 30, 2011, over $92.9 million of tax-exempt bonds have been issued! Tax-exempt bond programs are available for Beginning Farmers, Agribusinesses and Manure Management Facilities. The VAFA also administers a direct loan program for small, ag processing businesses. This program provides up to $150,000 at a low interest rate.

The programs through the SDDA work with your local lender to provide reduced interest loans and/or guarantees. Low interest participation loans are available for value added projects and livestock purchase participation loans and guarantees are available as well.

For information on Financial and Loan Programs contact:

Terri LaBrie, Finance Administrator
Paula Gregg, Finance Program Specialist
P: 605.773.5436

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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.