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Grants to Minnesota Farmers, Nonprofits, and Educational
Institutions to Advance Agricultural Research and Resources

AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant (SADG) Program

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Deadline Date:

12/09/21 4:00 PM CT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota farmers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals at educational institutions for projects to advance agricultural research and resources throughout the state. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that increase profitability, benefit the environment, and maximize the energy efficiency of sustainable agricultural practices and systems from production through marketing.

Project examples include but are not limited to:

  • Increased environmental sustainability and improved soil health
  • Conservation tillage and weed management
  • Novel cover crops and crop rotations
  • Nutrient and pesticide management, including runoff protection
  • Farm-based energy efficiency or production such as wind, methane, or biomass
  • Integrated pest management systems for insects, weeds, and diseases
  • Seed breeding and/or conservation
  • Livestock production systems or management strategies
  • Developing/refining/improving marketing opportunities, including season extension and post-harvest storage and handling
  • Novel enterprise diversification, including organic production, using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock
  • Other creative ideas that address farm input reduction or management, conservation, energy, and/or profitability

Reviewers are looking for interesting ideas that may or may not work. Ideas do not have to be brand new but should be new to Minnesota or the part of the state where they’re being proposed.

Every project must publicize and hold an outreach event in the form of a field day or other virtual event in the final season/year of the project. Examples of outreach events may include, but are not limited to, field days, video diaries, posts of how-to guides, blog posts, podcast interviews, presentations at ag-based conferences or meetings, etc.

For a list of eligible costs, see https://www.mda.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/docs/2021-10/sustagdemorfp2022.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137510

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$250,000

Number of Grants:

8-15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $50,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must have a duration of at least two years but may last no more than three.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minnesota farmers, educational institutions, individuals at educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Minnesota residents. Projects must take place on Minnesota farms. Projects led by a farmer or group of farmers receive priority.

A farmer is someone who cultivates, operates, or manages a farm for profit, and who grows or raises at least $1,000 of agricultural products for sale annually.

Applicants must:
- Be in good standing with the State of Minnesota.
- Owe no back taxes.
- Have no defaults on Minnesota State-backed financing for the last seven years.
- Have acceptable performance on past MDA grants.
- Be compliant with current state regulations.

Eligible applicants may collaborate with other farmers or farms, but it is not required. Farmers must collaborate with technical cooperators; other types of applicants must meaningfully collaborate with farmers.

For further details on collaborations, see https://www.mda.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/docs/2021-10/sustagdemorfp2022.pdf#page=6.

Government entities are not eligible.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive grants from this program.

For a list of ineligible costs, see https://www.mda.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/docs/2021-10/sustagdemorfp2022.pdf#page=8.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

All questions should be submitted by email by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on December 2, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by January 27, 2022.

For requests between $25,000 and $50,000, applicants must provide a dollar-for-dollar match on the amount above $25,000.

Any applicant may be awarded only one SustAg grant in this round of grants.

Applicants are encouraged 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. See https://www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook.

Questions and Answers: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/business-dev-loans-grants/agri-sustainable-agriculture-demonstration-grant-qa

Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants Statute (M.S. 17.116): https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/17.116

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=statemn

Questions must be submitted by email to MDA.AGRIGrants@state.mn.us with "AGRI SustAg Questions" in the subject line.

Emily Mehr
Ag Marketing & Development
651-201-6456
Emily.Mehr@state.mn.us

Eric Nooker
Ag Marketing & Development
651-201-6643
Eric.Nooker@state.mn.us

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