The Livestock Investment Grant Program was first funded by the Minnesota legislature in 2008. Since then, 253 grant recipients have invested an estimated $93 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.”
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 September 15, 2014 to January 20, 2015.
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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org