FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 20, 2016
MDA funds 11 innovative farm ideas
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant program has just awarded grants to 11 new projects across the state.
“Farmers never run out of ideas when it comes to profitability, conservation, or how to make farming more satisfying,” said Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “This program promotes innovation by helping reduce the risk of testing new farming ideas.”
The projects, which last for two to three years, are located in all regions of the state. Topics include cover cropping, controlling invasive species with goats, bee health, novel rootstock for pear production, integrating livestock into orchards, evaluating the palatability and nutrition of corn varieties for poultry production, and more. There’s even an urban agriculture project exploring whether worm composting is an economical way to make a potting medium for greenhouse production.
All projects take place on Minnesota farms and are either led by or involve farmers as primary partners. Projects host public events in their final year to share their findings with other producers and the public. Their findings are summarized in the annual Greenbook, available at www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook.
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The competitive Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program has been supporting farming innovation in Minnesota for 26 years. Applications for the next round of funding will open in late summer and close in December.
CONTACT: Alauna Yust, MDA Communications