We're no longer accepting applications for this year's program. Details on this page apply to the 2023 round of funding. The next application period opens in the fall of 2024.

The AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant (SustAg) supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. SustAg projects explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems that could make farming more profitable, resource efficient, or personally satisfying. We publish these findings are published in our annual Greenbook.

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Eligibility and funding priorities

Eligible applicants include:

  • Minnesota farmers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Individuals at educational institutions

Note: Non-farmer applicants must meaningfully involve a Minnesota farmer in the project.

We fund projects that explore the profitability, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture practices or systems. Projects can include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased environmental sustainability and improved soil health
  • Conservation tillage and weed management
  • Novel cover crops and crop rotations
  • Nutrient and pesticide management, including runoff protection
  • Farm-based energy efficiency or production such as wind, methane, or biomass
  • Integrated pest management systems for insects, weeds, and diseases
  • Seed breeding or conservation
  • Livestock production systems or management strategies
  • Developing or improving marketing opportunities, including season extension and post-harvest storage and handling
  • Novel enterprise diversification, including organic production, using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock
  • Other creative ideas that address farm input reduction or management, conservation, energy, or profitability

We will prioritize projects that:

  • Are led by farmers
  • Involve two to three years of data collection
  • Involve individuals from historically underserved communities or provide outreach to these communities

Amount available

We expect to award up to $350,000 in Fiscal Year 2024.

You may request up to $50,000 per project. For requests between $25,000 and $50,000, you must provide a dollar-for-dollar match on the amount above $25,000.


The application period for this grant has ended. We expect the next application period to begin in the fall or 2024; check back for updated materials.

To learn more about the program and start planning for next year, read last year's AGRI SustAg Grant Request for Proposals (PDF). This grant program is subject to change so you should read the updated RFP when it's posted. You can also view our list of past projects and request a copy of an application to help you prepare. Contact us if you need this information in an alternative format.