These grants encourage business planning and modernization activities and other improvements on Minnesota dairy farms. They will also help you pay for stray voltage testing.
Grants cover 50 percent of the cost to hire a qualified, independent third party to create a business plan for a dairy operation and/or test for stray voltage. Dairy producers have used these grants to evaluate the feasibility of expanding a dairy, plan environmental upgrades, and create strategies to transfer the operation to a family member or other new owner.
Existing and beginning Minnesota dairy farmers are eligible for this program.
Services that are not directly related to the improvement and continuance of the dairy farm, such as:
Retirement and investment planning
Tax planning and tax return preparation
Intergenerational transfer planning that discontinues the dairy enterprise
Loan origination or documentation fees
Chattel real estate appraisal
Nutrient management planning – except as required in the business plan
Veterinary/herd health consulting
The cost to complete a dairy business planning grant application
The grant pays 50 percent of the cost to develop a business plan, up to $5,000. You must pay the other 50 percent.
Applications are funded on a first come, first served basis.
Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program (PRS)
Agricultural Marketing Service · Due Nov 22
- Nutrition & Food Safety
- Disaster Relief
- Farmers Market
- Technical Assistance
- Public Health
North Central SARE Farmer Rancher Grant
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education · Due Dec 2
- Soil Health
- Alternative Energy
- Pest Management
North Central SARE Youth Educator Grant
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education · Due Nov 11
ACRE3 Agricultural Energy Efficiency (AgEE)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
- Cost Share
- Alternative Energy
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MNDA)
Grant, Cost Share
Maximum Award Amount
Updated September 28, 2021
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