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Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

Supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to expand markets for Minnesota products. Grants are intended to:

  • Initiate or expand livestock product processing;
  • Purchase equipment to initiate, upgrade, or modernize value-added businesses;
  • Increase farm food safety (ex. implementing a food safety plan); and
  • Increase farmers' processing and aggregating capacity to enter farm-to-institution and other markets.

Proposals will be available August 15, 2014 to October 20, 2014 and January 12, 2015 to March 6, 2015

Apply on-line. 
For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).

Request for Proposal (RFP) and Fillable Application (PDF: 455 KB / 12 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **

Applications that have a meat processing, Farm to School component or are addressing a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) or similar type of food safety plan will receive priority.

Grants will be awarded through the application process for equipment purchases or physical improvements.

MDA Contact

David Weinand, Program Administrator
david.weinand@state.mn.us, 651-201-6646

Ann Kuzj, Program Administrator
ann.kuzj@state.mn.us, 651-201-6028

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