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AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant (SADG) Program

Grants to Minnesota Farmers, Nonprofits, and Educational
Institutions to Demonstrate Sustainable Agriculture Techniques

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Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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12/17/19 4:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Minnesota farmers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals at educational institutions for projects to advance sustainable agriculture throughout the State. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that increase profitability, positively effect the environment, and maximize energy efficiency of systems and techniques from production through marketing.

Projects can include, but are not limited to:

  • Farm diversification using traditional and non-traditional crops and livestock;
  • Cover crops and crop rotations;
  • Conservation tillage;
  • Input reduction strategies, including nutrient and pesticide management;
  • On-farm energy production, such as wind, methane, or biomass;
  • Developing/refining marketing opportunities, season extension, and post-harvest storage and handling; and
  • Other creative ideas that focus on environmental benefits, energy savings or production, profitability, and/or farmers’ quality of life.

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. For more ideas, see previously funded projects summarized in the Greenbook (see the link in Pre-Application Information below).

Every project must publicize and hold an outreach event (preferably a field day) in the final season/year of the project.

For eligible types of projects, see ;

For a list of eligible costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137510

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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.

Applications from Minnesota farmers receive priority, but the program also funds Minnesota nonprofits and educational organizations that meaningfully involve Minnesota farmers in projects.

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.

If you are a farmer: You must involve at least one Technical Cooperator. She or he should have technical expertise that will strengthen the project. It might be assistance in soil science, biology, agronomy, horticulture, entomology, engineering, marketing, finance, data collection, statistics, etc.

If you are not a farmer: You must have at least one Farmer Cooperator who is meaningfully involved in designing and carrying out the project.

Government entities are not eligible.

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

For a list of ineligible costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

All Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Interested applicants should apply online. If you need the application in an alternative format, contact the program administrator.

Questions must be submitted in writing by 4:00 PM CST on December 5, 2019.

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

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 receive only one Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant (SADG) at a time.

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

Online application portal:

Ann Kuzj, Ag Marketing & Development

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