ST. PAUL - Applications are once again being accepted from Minnesota livestock farmers who hope to obtain a grant in order to improve their operations.
The Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture’s livestock investment grants are for the purposes of improving or expanding livestock production in this state. Awards are for 10 percent of a project with a minimum expense of $4,000 and a maximum expense of $500,000.
The grants are the continuation of work state Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, began several years ago. The Legislature enacted the grants during the 2008 session and re-funded the program in 2009. The grants have been quite popular, with applications exceeding available funds.
“Our economic downturn makes these livestock grants even more valuable than we anticipated when we started work on this program six years ago,” Urdahl said. “Job creation and job protection are key elements of our economic turnaround and this program helps local farmers improve their operations, in turn boosting our economy.”
All livestock species are eligible in Minnesota. The grant covers:
• The acquisition, construction, or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock or livestock products;
• The acquisition of equipment for livestock housing, confinement, feeding, and waste management;
• The development of pasture for use by livestock.
Grant applications will be competitively scored using an evaluation profile and ranked on their relative merit in each category. A committee will evaluate the applications and notify recipients early next year. If you applied for, but were not granted a grant in 2008, your application remains active and will be considered along with 2009 applicants.
Applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 30; e-mailed or faxed copies will not be accepted. Call 1-800-967-2474 or log on to www.mda.state.mn.us for more information regarding eligibility terms or to obtain an application.
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.