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.
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 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.
A total of $200,000 is available this year. 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. Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
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.