“For the first time, we’ll be able to offer a low-interest loan to producers who want to replace part or all of their open feedlot with a deep-bedded confinement,” says Patti Cale-Finnegan, the DNR’s loan coordinator. “Loans are available to small and mid-size operations and can be used as a sole source of financing or can be combined with an application for federal financial assistance.”

Applications and more information about the program are available through the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority, which administers the loan program in cooperation with the DNR. Contact Jeff Ward at 515-281-6444 or follow this link.