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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Apply for value-added grants

MN farmers have the opportunity to fund projects through grants from the MN Department of Agriculture's Value Added Grant program.

From their website...

Who's eligible?
  • Individuals (farmers) or businesses
  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Local government entities
What can you use the money for?

Equipment purchase or physical improvements to intended to support businesses that will:
  • Start, expand, or update livestock product processing
  • Purchase equipment to start, upgrade, or modernize value-added businesses
  • Increase the use and processing of MN Ag products (required for all grants)
  • Purchase equipment or facility improvement to increase food safety
  • Increase farmers' processing and aggregating capacity to sell to schools, hospitals, or other institutions
Maximum grant award is $150,000, minimum is $1000.

For more information, visit the MDA website.

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