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      New Grants Help Minnesota Livestock Producers

      Posted on August 06, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      Cows are a key component of Minnesota's agricultural production
      Cows are a key component of Minnesota's $15 billion dollar agricultural production industry. Photo credit: Flickr user Jannes Pockele

      Minnesota ranks fifth in agricultural production in the United States. The $15 billion dollar industry is vital to Minnesota’s economy. Agriculture also is a major area of international trade for Minnesota. In fact, our state exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural commodities in 2011!

      Governor Mark Dayton recognizes that our agriculture industry is critically important to growing Minnesota’s economy. To better support farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is providing $1 million to fund livestock production improvements.

      The grants will make a big difference for livestock producers seeking to make farm improvements. These enhancements will help our farmers remain competitive and increase their production. Since the initiative began five years ago, it already has helped 179 Minnesota farmers make $55 million dollars in upgrades and improvements to their farms.

      The grant reimburses farmers for up to ten percent of a $500,000 investment, with the minimum investment of $4,000. The kinds of upgrades that are covered include improved livestock facilities and feeding and waste management systems.

      In addition to supporting farm improvements, Minnesota farmers also may apply for grant funding to rebuild their farms after a natural disaster.

      Our farmers work hard to support their families and their communities. This grant program will help Minnesota farmers to be successful in the future – creating new jobs and growing our economy.

      The deadline to apply for a grant through the program is September 23, 2013. For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture online (link: www.mda.state.mn.us/livestockinvestmentgrant).