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Other Programs


Other Programs

A wealth of programs offer financial assistance and/or free technical assistance to Minnesota landowners for a variety of conservation practices.

Below are links to information on many of the other conservation programs available besides those already emphasized in the Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide.

Local & Regional Programs

Sustainable Ag & Working Lands Programs

Farmland & Open Space Preservation Programs

Water Quality Programs

Wildlife & Habitat Programs

Native Prairie Programs

Forestry Programs

Wetland Programs

Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Programs

Sustainable Ag & Working Lands Programs

  1. BMP Challenge program
  2. Carbon Credit Programs
  3. AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation
  4. National Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program
  5. MDA Ag Improvement Loan Program
  6. MDA Dairy Modernization Loan Program
  7. MDA Livestock Equipment Pilot Loan Program
  8. MDA Nutrient Management Initiative 
  9. MDA Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program
  10. MDA Sustainable Agriculture Loan Program
  11. Mn Livestock Environmental Quality Assurance Program
  12. Mn / USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program
  13. USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Water Quality Programs

  1. US EPA Clean Water Partnership Program - see Local & Regional Programs
  2. US EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 Program - see Local & Regional Programs

Farmland & Open Space Preservation programs

  1. DNR land donation programs
  2. DNR / National Park Service - Wild and Scenic River Acquisition
  3. Metropolitan Agricultural Preserves Program 
  4. Mn Agricultural Land Preservation Program 
  5. Mn "Green Acres" property tax incentive (PDF: 48 KB / 2 pages)
  6. Minnesota Land Trust
  7. The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota
  8. USDA Farm & Ranch Land Protection Program
  9. USDA Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

Wildlife & Habitat Programs

  1. DNR Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program
  2. DNR Private Lands Program
  3. DNR Roadsides for Wildlife
  4. DNR Wildlife Damage Management Grants
  5. DNR / US Fish & Wildlife - Landowner Incentive Program
  6. Ducks Unlimited -Grasslands for Tomorrow
  7. Ducks Unlimited -Living Lakes Initiative
  8. Mn / USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement (CREP) - see ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM)
  9. ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Critical Habitat Match
  10. Trout Unlimited - Driftless Area Restoration Effort
  11. USDA Debt for Nature - contact your County Assessor
  12. USDA Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
  13. US Fish & Wildlife Service - Partners for Fish & Wildlife

Native Prairie programs

  1. DNR Native Prairie Bank
  2. DNR Native Prairie Tax Exemption
  3. Mn Native Buffer Cost Share - see State Cost Share Program

Forestry Programs

  1. DNR Forest Legacy Program
  2. DNR / US Forest Service  - Forest Stewardship Program
  3. USDA Healthy Forests Reserve Program

Wetland Programs

  1. DNR Wetland Tax Exemption Program
  2. Mn / USDA RIM-WRP Partnership - see ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM)
  3. Mn / USDA Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) - see ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM)
  4. Mn Wetland Banking (Minnesota Wetland Conservation Act)
  5. USDA Farmable Wetlands Program - see CRP Continuous Signup
  6. US Fish & Wildlife - Small Wetlands Program
  7. Permanent Wetland Preserves - see ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM)

Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation Programs

  1. MDA Methane Digester Loan Program 
  2. ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Clean Energy Program
  3. USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program