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Corporate Farm Application "How To"


The applications are fillable online but you cannot submit them electronically. You will need to print them and sign them prior to mailing them in. The Explanation of Exemptions will help guide you to understanding your ‘Basis of Exemption’, question 1, page 2.

DO

  • Fill out all of the applicable sections of the application!
  • Total your acreage per county on page one of the application.
  • Be sure to include a deed copy for land owned.
  • You must check a ‘Basis of Exemption’ on question 1, page 2.
  • List the actual name of farmer or business farming the land where requested.
  • List requested ‘Farming Activity in detail’ with farming activities such as planting, tilling, harvesting, etc. Lease management is not considered farming.
  • List membership shares by percentage.
  • Write just one check for multiple applications or renewals when possible.

DO NOT ...

  • Do not send a new application to renew your certificate. Renewals are sent by mail.
  • Do not include extraneous materials such as the Explanation of Exemptions, trust materials of Affidavit unless you are an authorized livestock corporation.
  • Do not write “See Attached” on anything but land description (not # of acres & county), if the land description is attached. 
  • Do not write “involved in farming”, etc. to describe farming activity.
  • Do not send supporting documents separately from the application.

General Information

If a law firm files your application(s), certificates and renewals are sent directly to the law firm unless otherwise requested in a cover letter.  Mailing information can be changed at any time by request of the certificate holder or affiliate.

Annual renewal forms are sent out every year via US mail around the end of January/beginning of February.  They must be processed by mail or online every year to remain in compliance.  An instruction form accompanies the renewal.

If submitting your application on or after October 1st of the year, your renewal date will be pushed forward an extra year.  So, if you apply Sept. 10, 2016, your first renewal will come in 2018.

MDA Contact

Lisa Towry
lisa.towry@state.mn.us
651-201-6083