The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced this month that there are funds available to update livestock operations. The AGRI Livestock Investment Grant provides up to 10% of project costs for livestock operation improvements, updates, or equipment, for projects during 2021 or 2022. This opportunity closes in a few short weeks, so apply now!
AGRI Livestock Investment Grant Eligibility
Minnesota livestock* farmers may apply. Applicants must be:
- in good standing with the state of Minnesota (no back taxes)
- a current Minnesota resident or a business entity that has authorization to farm in Minnesota
- the principal operator of the farm
*”Livestock” is defined as: beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, goats, mules, bison, sheep, horses, farmed cervidae (deer), ratitae (flightless birds including emu), and llamas.
This grant program reimburses investments in:
- Buildings or facilities for the production of livestock or livestock products.
- Development of pasture for use by livestock including, but not limited to, lanes, watering systems, and fences.
- Equipment for livestock housing, confinement, feeding, and waste management.
All project materials and services must be purchased AND paid between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. Any expenses incurred outside this time frame are not eligible for reimbursement.
The grant will NOT pay for livestock, buying pasture/crop land, animal feed, crop seed, planters, combines, or debt refinancing.
- Total awards of $789,000 in Fiscal Year 2021.
- Reimburse 10 percent of the first $250,000 of an eligible investment.
- For each project, the maximum grant amount available per year is $25,000.
- Only one grant per project.
- The lifetime maximum is $50,000.
The application period is now open. All applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. This opportunity closes in a few short weeks, so apply now! If you would like more information, you can visit the AGRI Livestock Investment Grant FAQ here, or contact our experts. We’re here to help!