LITTLE FALLS, MN—Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, is encouraging applications for livestock investment grants, and agriculture research grants available through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
"These research grants could be the source of the next big breakthrough in farming or agriculture," Kresha said. "I want farmers and agriculture research workers in our area to be aware of these opportunities available through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Please don't hesitate to contact my office if I can be of help."
Livestock investment grants are available for Minnesota livestock farmers for expenses incurred between August 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. Producers can be reimbursed 10% of the first $500,000 of investment in their operation (minimum $4,000 investment). Eligible expenses include purchase, construction, or improvement of livestock buildings or facilities, purchase of fencing, and expenses for feeding or waste management equipment. Grants may also be used if livestock farmers have suffered losses due to natural disaster or other unexpected events. The deadline to apply is December 18, 2015. More information can be found at www.mda.state.mn.us/livestockinvestmentgrant
or by calling 1-800-967-2474
$2 million in agriculture research grants are available for any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business that conducts agriculture research. According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, research needs to focus "on improving agricultural product quality, quantity, and value," and "must benefit Minnesota farmers and the state's economy in the next three to five years. Maximum grant awards are $250,000 per project for up to three years. Additional details are available on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture by visiting www.mda.state.mn.us/grants
and clicking on "Agriculture Growth, Research, & Innovation Program." The deadline for submissions is November 2015. Click here
for more details.