The Livestock Investment Grant was first funded by the Minnesota Legislature in 2008. Since then, 468 grant recipients have invested an estimated $150 million in improvements to their operations.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says these grants will allow eligible livestock producers to support their industry and help them stay competitive.
“The Livestock Investment Grant Program helps encourage long-term development in Minnesota’s $7 billion livestock sector,” said Frederickson. “These grants have enabled livestock farmers to pay for new buildings or make renovations. In some cases, the recipients used the grants for modernizations and improvements that would help expedite the farm transition process to their sons or daughters.”
A Minnesota livestock farmer fulfilling this criteria: in good standing with the state of Minnesota (no back taxes), current Minnesota resident or entity authorized to farm in Minnesota, principal operator of the farm (actively involved in the operation of the farm), project expenses will be incurred between August 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017.
Qualifying producers would be reimbursed ten percent of the first $500,000 of investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction, or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment. Producers who suffered a loss due to a natural disaster or unintended consequence may also apply. The grant will not pay for livestock or land purchases or for the cost of debt refinancing.
Minnesota livestock producers who applied for but did not receive a grant in past years are still eligible as long as they haven't reached the lifetime cap of $50,000. The maximum available per year is $25,000.
The application for the grant program is open from August 17, 2015 to December 18, 2015.
Apply on-line. You may also submit an application by e-mail, mail, or in-person. For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).
Livestock Investment Grant Application (PDF: 514 KB / 7 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **
(Note: This is the current FY2016 application)
See an example of a completed Livestock Investment Grant application (PDF: 390 KB / 10 pages)
All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to David Weinand at firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ page.
Summary of previously funded grant projects
Curt Zimmerman, Supervisor, Livestock Development Team
Curt.Zimmerman@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6456
David Weinand, Dairy Diagnostics, Livestock Development Team
David.Weinand@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6646
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com