Department of Agriculture grants add value to Minnesota agricultural products

Published 10:46 pm Monday, September 10, 2018

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $1 million in Value-Added Grants to advance Minnesota’s agricultural marketing and renewable energy resources, according to a press release.

The goal of the Value-Added Grant Program is to boost sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets, increasing market access and ensuring value-added food products are safe to eat. Funding for the grants was established through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program.

“These grants open up opportunities in the agricultural sector and help bring people, products and markets together. The keystone of a successful business is cooperation, and the MDA is proud to partner with businesses which are looking to add value to their operations,” said Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “I encourage everyone who is considering expanding their business to apply for a Value-Added Grant.”

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New or established for-profit businesses may apply for funding to stimulate development of value-added agricultural products through added processing, marketing  or manufacturing. Grant funds reimburse up to 25 percent of the total project cost. A maximum grant amount of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000 will be awarded in this current funding cycle. Equipment purchases and facility improvements are eligible.

Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Applications are available at the AGRI Value-Added Grant website and may be submitted online (preferred method), by mail or in-person.