Details on this page apply to the previous round of funding. Check back in the fall of 2020 when the next application period opens and updated program details are released.

This 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.

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Applicant Eligibility

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.

Project Eligibility

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

  • farm diversification using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock;
  • cover crops and crop rotations;
  • conservation tillage;
  • input reduction strategies, including nutrient and pesticide management;
  • on-farm energy production, such as wind, methane, or biomass;
  • developing/refining marketing opportunities, season extension, and post-harvest storage and handling; and
  • other creative ideas that focus on environmental benefits, energy savings or production, profitability, and/or farmers’ quality of life.

Amounts Available

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.


We expect the next application period to begin in fall of 2020; updated program materials will be posted at that time.

To learn more about how the program works, read last year's Request for Proposals (RFP). This grant program is subject to change so you should read the updated RFP when it's posted. You can also review the list of past projects and request a copy of an application to help you prepare.

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.

If you need the application in an alternative format, contact the program administrator.