The AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. It funds projects that explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems that could make farming more profitable, resource efficient, and personally satisfying. Findings are published in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s annual Greenbook.
Applications from Minnesota farmers receive priority, but the program also funds Minnesota nonprofits and educational organizations that meaningfully involve Minnesota farmers in projects. Projects must last two to three years and grantees must be willing to share what they learn with others.
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:
- practices that increase environmental sustainability and improve soil health;
- conservation tillage and weed management methods;
- novel cover crops and crop rotations;
- input reduction strategies, including nutrient and pesticide management;
- on-farm energy production, such as wind, methane, or biomass, or improvements in energy efficiency;
- developing/refining/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; and
- other creative ideas that focus on environmental benefits, energy savings or production, profitability, and/or farmers’ quality of life.
A total of $200,000 is available in Fiscal Year 2021. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per project. For requests between $25,000 and $50,000, applicants must provide a dollar for dollar match on the amount above $25,000.
The application period is now open. All applications must be received by 4:00 Central Time on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
We encourage you to read prior issues of the Greenbook, which contains summaries, findings, and locations of previous grants. Using the Greenbook will help you design a competitive project.