Missouri Loan Loss Reserve, Interest Buy Down, Down Payment Grant Program (Missouri)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Missouri

Name Missouri Loan Loss Reserve, Interest Buy Down, Down Payment Grant Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Unspecified technologies
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Interest Buy Down: Interest rate decreased to 3%; Lender receives difference from MASBDA

Cash Down Payment: Borrower receives difference in interest payments (between bank rate and 3%)
Loan Loss Reserve: Payments for defaulted 75% guaranteed loans

Equipment Requirements Must be for loans for energy efficient equipment on livestock farms
Start Date January 2011

Maximum Incentive Loans cannot exceed 50,000

Program Administrator Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority
Website http://mda.mo.gov/abd/financial/maestro.php

References DSIRE[1]


Duplicate entry; please refer to http://en.openei.org/wiki/Missouri_Agricultural_and_Energy_Saving_Team_%E2%80%93_A_Revolutionary_Opportunity_%28MAESTRO%29_%28Missouri%29 for current information.</b> The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is now offering incentives to livestock farmers in the form of assistance with loans for energy efficiency. The "Missouri Agricultural Energy Saving Team - a Revolutionary Opportunity," or MAESTRO, offers assistance in the form of Interest Buy Downs, Cash Down Payments, and a Loan Loss Reserve.

Interest Buy Down MASBDA will pay for a portion of the interest due on loans for energy efficiency technologies. The loan interest rate will be reduced to 3%. The lender receives the difference in interest payments in one lump sum. For example, if the loan was $25,000 at a 6.5% interest rate for 5 years, with monthly payments, the interest would have been $4,349.26. The same loan at 3% interest would be $1,953.02 in interest. Therefore, the lender would receive a payment of $2,386.24 ($4,349.26-$1,953.02).

Cash Down Payment Farmers can also choose a Cash Down Payment. The payment is calculated as above, but instead of the lender receiving the payment, the farmer receives the payment. If the farmer chooses this option, the loan interest rate remains the same instead of decreasing to 3%.

Loan Loss Reserve MASBDA has established a dedicated fund for the purpose of guaranteeing payments on defaulted loans. When farmers apply for a loan from a lender, the farmer and lender submit an application to the MASBDA for the Loan Loss Reserve. If approved, the program guarantees to the lender that if the farmer defaults on the loan, MASBDA will pay up to 75% of the loan.

To begin the application process for one of the above options, interested livestock farmers must first sign up for a comprehensive farm audit. Rebates are available to assist with audits - $500 for the farm and/or $250 for a farm home. The audit will identify efficiency technologies that should be installed at the farm or farm house. Only these technologies are eligible for the Interest Buy Down, Cash Down Payment, or Loan Loss Reserve programs. To participate in the program, interested farmers should contact EnSave at 1-800-732-1399 to set up an initial assessment. In order to qualify for the MAESTRO program, applicants must be legal Missouri residents that operate animal agricultural farmers. Loans must be from a state or national bank, farm credit system, bank for cooperatives, federal or state chartered savings and loan association, federal or state building and loan association or a small business investment company. All energy efficiency technology must be installed and operational by November 30, 2012.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name General Information
Department Missouri Department of Agriculture
Division Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority
Address P.O. Box 630
Place Jefferson City, Missouri
Zip/Postal Code 65102
Phone (573) 751-2129

Website http://mda.mo.gov/

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"