This year, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Greenbook is stacked with articles about 19 creative projects funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program. For 25 years farmers, ranchers and researchers have invested these grant dollars to explore practices that will make farming in Minnesota more sustainable. We are very proud of this program and the many ways it has impacted farmers and rural communities in Minnesota.
In the Greenbook, you will find the results from currently funded demonstration projects. The grantees are focusing on ways to increase energy and labor efficiency, reduce purchased inputs, and improve both the environment and their bottom line.
We believe the ideas these farmers and researchers are testing will help shape future decisions and farming methods. Past projects explored “new” practices that have since become widely adopted, like cover cropping, integrated pest management, managed grazing for dairy and beef cattle, and farrowing hogs on pasture or in deep bedded pen systems.
Whether you’re more interested in the farmers’ stories, the hard data, or simply want to read about new ideas, you’ll find Greenbook 2015 a great page turner! To learn more about any of the projects, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the grantee. You’ll find contact information listed at the beginning of each project summary.
The MDA funded 13 new projects and will be accepting applications again next fall, so if there’s a sustainable farming idea you’d like to try, please keep that opportunity in mind.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a printed copy of the entire Greenbook 2015.
Grant Program Description (PDF: 50 KB / 1 page)
New Demonstration Grant Projects (PDF: 44 KB / 4 pages)
Sustainable Agriculture Program
Ag Marketing and Development Division