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Research grants available to help boost Minnesota ag products


Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking applicants for $1.3 million in competitive grants for applied crop research. The research needs to focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and value.



Projects must create public, transferable information that will benefit Minnesota farmers and the state’s economy in the next three to five years. The maximum grant award will be $250,000. Projects can last up to three years.



Any Minnesota organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply and receive funding. This includes: farmers/farmer networks, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities.



Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 28, 2014. Proposals may be delivered by mail or in person to the MDA, or sent by email. Additional information and the application are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/cropresearch.aspx.



The Crop Research Grant Program is part of the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program and was established by the Minnesota Legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries. The AGRI Program focuses on areas of greatest opportunity and potential economic impact to create agricultural jobs and profitable businesses in the areas of livestock investment, value-added business and market development, crop production and processing research, and renewable energy.



CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications

651.201.6185 / allen.sommerfeld@state.mn.us



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Governor Dayton proclaims March 23-29 as Minnesota Agriculture Week

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 23-29, 2014, as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation is an effort to raise awareness of the significant contributions agriculture makes to the quality of life of all Minnesotans. ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day to be held March 19

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The ninth annual Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day will be held Wednesday, March 19, at the Steele County Community Center. This year’s program aims to provide current and future organic crop producers with additional tools and knowledge to hel ..... 
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Graziers: Register for planned grazing holistic management course

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

AMES, Iowa — Graziers young and old, new and experienced are invited to attend a course on Planned Grazing with Holistic Management, taking place March 21-22 at the Houston Community Center (109 W Maple St.), in Houston, Minn., located in the sout ..... 
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Snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As winter gives way to spring, rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for farmers who spread livestock manure on cropland. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter, must ensure that it doesn’t run off w ..... 
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MDA requesting specialty crop grant proposals

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. A federal block grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bil ..... 
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Minnesota beef showcase in its third year

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Join beef breeders from across the Midwest this March 13, 14, and 15 at the Minnesota Beef Showcase. Held at the Red Horse Ranch Arena in Fergus Falls, the Minnesota Beef Showcase features females and bulls in all breeds. Come see top producing anim ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hosts two ag expos

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) hosted its 1st Annual Ag Expos in Caledonia, Minn. on February 12 and Houston on February 13. The expos brought together regional experts and nearly a dozen agriculture suppliers to provide FCE’s customers with the inf ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project participants receive awards

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project started off the new 4-H year by electing new officers on November 4, 2013. The following office were filled: Youth Chair- Jackie Apenhorst, Adult Chair- Deb Haugstad; Youth Vice Chair- Heather Apenhorst, Adult V ..... 
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