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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;
  • Create feasibility, business, marketing and succession plans for existing and new business;
  • 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 for the second deadline must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 3, 2014. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) and Fillable Application (PDF: 393 KB / 10 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.

Two categories of grants will be awarded through the application process:

  • Business planning, feasibility study, marketing and succession planning; and
  • Equipment purchases or physical improvements.


MDA Contact

Emily Murphy, Program Coordinator
Emily.Murphy@state.mn.us, 651-201-6648

David Weinand, Program Coordinator
David.Weinand@state.mn.us, 651-201-6646

Ag Marketing & Development Division