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MDA Commissioner visits agricultural innovators Tour a farm operations expanding with ag grants

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is touring the Southeastern part of the state to showcase business owners expansion achievements made possible by help from state grants. The Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI) encourages businesses to thrive in a clean and sustainable manner by providing partial project funding.

Projects highlighted on this tour include funding from the Livestock Investment arm of AGRI and the Value Added grant program. The recipients have used the grants for a variety of improvement and expansion projects and members of the media are invited to any of the stops on the tour to view the progress of these projects.

Monday, July 7, 2014

9 a.m.

Eugene Leckness Farm Visit

72605 220th Avenue, Hayfield, Minn.

Eugene Leckness received $25,000 to supplement his farm investment of $593,695 to improve his cattle barn and equipment.

11 a.m.

Ody’s Country Meats and Catering Tour

17643 121st Avenue, Spring Valley, Minn.

Cody Koebke received $9,373 from AGRI to help complete his $37,495 renovation of retail coolers and addition of freezer space for meat processing.

2 p.m.

Emerald Spring Dairy Tour

10229 County Road 41, Plainview, Minn.

Darrin Young invested $900,000 in his dairy barn and manure storage; he received $25,000 from the AGRI program.

3:30 p.m.

Hidden Stream Farm Tour

27079 County Rd 25, Elgin, Minn.

Eric and Lisa Klein expanded their pork processing into the scalded hog market thanks to a $43,750 grant from AGRI to help complete their $175,000 project.

*This event is subject to change, please contact michael.crusan@state.mn.us for final confirmation.

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