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Minnesota specialty crop growers and crop or dairy farmers who are transitioning to organic in Minnesota can apply for scholarships to offset the cost of farm business management education. Applications are being accepted now.
The scholarships defray farmers' cost to enroll in farm business management education programs offered by schools in the Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) system. Farmers in the program work one-on-one with management instructors, learning to keep and use quality records to make sound business management decisions. They receive comprehensive year-end analysis that can be used for tax preparation, discussions with lenders and enterprise planning. By participating, they will also help University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers increase the public knowledge and understanding about the economics of both specialty crops and organic transition. Strict privacy measures protect the confidentiality of both participants and their information. See links to the brochures and other resources at right.
Minnesota farmers eligible for the scholarships include:
To learn more about these opportunities, contact a farm business management instructor in your area or call Meg Moynihan at 651-201-6616.
Scholarship funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant program and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Project partners include MDA, MnSCU, UMN Center for Farm Financial Management, UMN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
Meg Moynihan, Principal Administrator
Meg.Moynihan@state.mn.us or 651-201-6616
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com