There may be slight changes to the Fiscal Year 2023 program; we will post updated information in mid-July.
The Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share helps Minnesota farmers buy, ship, and install eligible safety equipment for on-farm grain bins or silos.
For Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), we have approximately $100k for this and the Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate programs. As of May 1, we still have adequate funds available for this program.
The Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share is a public-private partnership. In addition to funding from the Minnesota Legislature, previous donors to the Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program include Cargill and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
This program reimburses 75% of eligible expenses up to $400 per bin or silo and with a limit of $2,400 per farm per fiscal year. Farms may submit only one application per fiscal year.
- Reimbursement examples:
- You have five bins and spend $4,500 to install grain level monitors and handrails on each of them. You’re eligible for a refund of $2,000 (5 bins x $400). If you have six bins and spend $4,500, you’re eligible for the maximum refund of $2,400 (6 bins x $400).
- You have two silos and spend $800 on respirators, harnesses, and equipment lockouts. You’re eligible for a refund of $600. To get the full amount you’re eligible for, you would need to spend $1,066.67 (75% x $1,066.67 = $800).
- You have eight bins and spent $8,750 to install platforms and guardrails on two of them, so you're eligible for 2 x $400 = $800. You also purchased three fall-arrest harnesses for $350, so you're eligible for an additional $262.50 (75% x $350). Your total reimbursement would be $1062.50.
Do you have a scenario that's different than these? Contact us to find out how much you'll be reimbursed.
Equipment must be purchased and paid for between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. We recommend that you use a reputable source for equipment and have systems installed by a qualified person such as a structural engineer or bin manufacturer.
Eligible equipment types:
- Fall protection systems
- Engineering controls to prevent contact with an auger or other moving parts
- Dust collection systems to minimize explosion hazards
- Personal protective equipment to increase survivability in the event of a grain-bin-related emergency
- Grain silo air quality monitoring equipment
- Other grain storage facility safety equipment with prior approval from the MDA
Read the Eligible Equipment Details for more information on what kind of equipment purchases will be reimbursed. We are prioritizing retrofits on existing equipment over new purchases.
We will add to this list as we make decisions. Ineligible equipment includes:
- Grain condition monitors
- Aeration vents/roof vents
- Grain bin covers/lids
- Replacing worn-out electrical cords/outlets
- Truck stoppers and reflectors
- Camera systems
- Installing electricity to bins
- Replacing entry doors
Many grain storage facility upgrades are important even if they don’t qualify for this year's cost-share program. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) to access low-interest financing for building or upgrading facilities to store commodities. Contact your local FSA office for details.
We are accepting applications until June 30, 2022, or until funds run out.
- A farm can apply only once per fiscal year.
- We must receive all parts of the application before it’s considered complete. We will let you know if we need additional information.
- We process complete applications on a first-come, first-served basis.
- After your application is approved, it takes approximately two to four weeks to receive your payment.
Things you will need to complete the online application:
- Digital copy of your proofs of purchase (receipts, paid invoices, or other proof that you purchased the items you are claiming for reimbursement)
- If there is sensitive information on the documents, cover or remove it before making .jpg, .png, or .pdf copies of your documents. We don’t need to know your bank account or credit card information.
- Digital copy of your IRS Form W-9, signed and dated
- If you don’t have this, you can complete a digital W-9 within the online application.
If you can't apply online, contact us for other options.
As we approve equipment, we'll add that information to this list.
- Personal fall-arrest systems, such as ropes, anchors, connectors, deceleration devices, harnesses, etc. and their installation (see Grain Handling Safety Coalition: Fall Protection (PDF) and OSHA Fall Protection Systems)
- Installing guardrail systems on existing ladders, roofs, and platforms (see Walking-Working Surfaces/Fall Protection factsheet (PDF) and OSHA Standard 1910 subpart D)
- Equipping existing fixed ladders with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (see Walking-Working Surfaces/Fall Protection factsheet (PDF) and OSHA Standard 1910 subpart D)
- Replacing grain bin ladders with stairs (see Ohio State University Extension – Ohio AgrAbility info)
- Lockout/tagout equipment (see Grain Handling Safety Coalition: LOTO (PDF) and OSHA Lockout/Tagout factsheet (PDF))
- Sweep auger equipped with an attached guard or a control mechanism such as a dead-man switch or similar device and with a positive speed control mechanism or bin stop device (see Grain Handling Safety Coalition: Sweep Auger Alternative Protection (PDF) from the Grain Handling Safety Coalition); this also includes sump guards/gates (see OSHA Grain Handling Facility Sweep Auger Enforcement Policy)
- Equipment shields on motors and other moving parts (see OSHA Machinery and machine guarding)
- Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for use in silos where silo gas may be present (see National Ag Safety Database Dangers of Silo Gas)
- Appropriate NIOSH-approved respirators (see AgriSafe factsheet or NASD Respiratory Protection in Agriculture) for use in and around grain bins and silos
- Other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in and around grain bins and silos, such as hearing protection (see NASD hearing protection or NIOSH factsheet) or ANSI certified safety glasses
- Safety signs and markers appropriate for grain bins and silos (see OSHA Accident prevention signs and tags)
- Grain bin level gauges/indicators to reduce the need to climb bins
DISCLAIMER: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is merely the grantor of state funds for this program. Approval and reimbursement of funds by the Department for equipment purchased by the Grantee does not make the Department liable or responsible for the use of such equipment or any injuries or claims that might arise from such use. The Department is also not responsible or liable for the quality of or inability to use such equipment purchased under this program.