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Feedlot Korner


Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Deadline approaching for Livestock Investment Grant applications

Minnesota livestock producers are encouraged to apply for a Livestock Investment Grant that will help offset the cost of improving or expanding their operations. Producers have until November 30 to apply for the grant through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Qualifying producers would be reimbursed up to ten percent of the investment toward improving or expanding their livestock operations. A minimum investment of $4,000 is required. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment. Improvements made

since January 1 of this year are eligible for consideration. The grant will not pay for the cost of purchasing livestock, real estate or the cost of debt refinancing. Qualified grant applications are awarded competitively through an evaluation committee.

This year, grant evaluators will also give special consideration to producers who experienced a natural disaster or unintended consequence (i.e. fire, accident or expenditures as a result of the bovine TB requirements). MDA livestock development specialist Curt Zimmerman said, "This is a great incentive for producers considering improvements to their operations. Last year we had a large number of applicants, making it apparent that producers were looking for ways to offset some of the expense of improvements or expansion." More information on the Minnesota Livestock Investment Grant Program can be found on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us/livestockinvestmentgrant or call 651-201-6500.

Michael P. Frauenkron

Assistant Zoning Administrator

Fillmore County Feedlot Officer

507-765-2539

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