MDA grants available for livestock investment

Published 8:49 pm Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Livestock Investment Grant program will accept applications. According to a press release, the grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update and modernize their livestock operation’s infrastructure and equipment. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates up to $2 million in competitively awarded grant awards. Funding for the grants was established through the AGRI Program to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries.

The grant is intended to promote economic growth as well as environmentally sound practices in Minnesota’s $7 billion livestock industry. The program encourages new farmers and generational transitions in order to sustain the livestock industry in the state.

“The Livestock Investment Grant will benefit farmers and ranchers all over the state,” said Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place. “Minnesota livestock producers are some of the most innovative in the country. The goal of these grants is to invest in that innovation by improving production facilities that can help sustain profitability of the next generation of livestock producers.”

Livestock farmers with operations in Minnesota may apply for funding. Funding under this round will have a maximum of $25,000 per project. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 15. The online application is available at the AGRI Livestock Investment website.

For more information, visit the AGRI Livestock Investment Grant webpage or contact Michael Greene at Michael.Greene@state.mn.us.