Ag Applications

On this page you will find ag-related programs and scholarships that are open to applicants. Know of any programs or scholarship opportunities that have ag roots? Send the details to Sonja at sonja@myradioworks.net.


FFA Legacy Club

Join the FFA "Legacy Club" and donate $1,000 over 1-4 (one to four) years. The first 200 donors will receive a Minnesota FFA Foundation commissioned giclee print by Bonnie Mohr. Donations will go to strengthen new and existing FFA chapters across Minnesota. In addition, you can participate in the fifth year of the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program, providing sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are just beginning their FFA Career. For more information, go to the Minnesota FFA Foundation Legacy Club homepage.


NRCS Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits. Stop in at your local NRCS office and inquire for more information.


Minnesota Soybean Applications 

Minnesota Soybean has opportunities for developing the next generation of agricultural leaders. Applications are now available for Minnesota Soybean ambassadors and two summer intern positions. If you or someone you know is interested in cultivating their leadership skills and learning more about the soybean industry, encourage them to apply. More information and application materials are available at www.mnsoybean.org


Microloan Program

The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority is offering a new microloan program intended for new or under-served borrowers with farm capital needs. The microloan program is a pilot program designed to assist farmers that have modest lending needs and may lack the experience and records typically required by other lenders. Participants in the microloan program can borrow up to $10,000 toward annual supplies such as feed, fertilizer, farm equipment and similar farm assets.


Minnesota Soybean Applications 

Minnesota Soybean has opportunities for developing the next generation of agricultural leaders. Applications are now available for Minnesota Soybean ambassadors and two summer intern positions. If you or someone you know is interested in cultivating their leadership skills and learning more about the soybean industry, encourage them to apply. More information and application materials are available at www.mnsoybean.org


Win A Pig Competition

Nobles County 4-H announces the Win A Pig Competition for 4-H members in the county who are actively involved in or are planning to be involved in the Minnesota 4-H Swine Project. The winning entrant will receive a market pig (gilt or barrow) which will be at least two months of age at the time of selection. The market pig will be donated by the Dale and Kathy Solt of Nobles County. Contestants will submit a personally written, one page ONLY typed essay on what ownership of this pig would mean to them, including how they would provide care, the environment in which the pig would be raised, and any other pertinent and/or human interest information they wish to share, along with the completed Entry Form and Consent to Entry and Release of Liability. Do not include the name or any identification of the contestant on the essay itself. The completed Entry Form, Consent to Entry and Release of Liability, and essay must be submitted to the Nobles County Extension Office by April 14th, 2015. More details here


Specialty Crop Grant Proposals

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development, in anticipation of a federal block grant by the USDA, authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. The MDA is seeking proposals spanning up to nearly three years and range from $10,000 - $100,000, in anticipation of a federal allocation around $1.2 million. The MDA accepts eligible applications submitted either via online application, or email by 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015.


"Excellence in Agriculture" Scholarships

Feed Energy invites students studying agriculture at a college or university in the Midwest to apply for one of the two $2,500 "Excellence in Ag" scholarships they offer each year. The application deadline is April 30, 2015. To be eligible, students must have an agriculture-related major, be a sophomore or above, and attend a college or university in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota or South Dakota. The two scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their references, resume and a two-page essay. Specific eligibility and application information can be found here. The winners will be announced in May. Apply here!


Worthington Agribusiness Committee Scholarship

The Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association and Nobles County Farm Bureau to present two $1,000.00 scholarships.  Applicants must be a 2015 graduating senior within Nobles County, and attending any two or four year college for an agriculture or bio-science related field of study. Find the application here (page 1 and page 2) or at the Worthington Chamber. The deadline to submit the applications to the committee is May 1, 2015. All completed applications should be sent to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Third Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187.


America's Pig Farmer of the Year

America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM award program, announced by the National Pork Board in early March, is accepting applications from now until May 17 at americaspigfarmer.com. The award honors the U.S. pork producer who best excels at raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and wants to share how he or she does that with the public. All U.S. pig farmers are welcome to apply until May 17, 2015, with instructions and frequently asked questions found at www.americaspigfarmer.com or via the link on www.pork.org. Specific details also will be available through state pork associations.


Cattlemen's Beef Board

USDA is looking for nominations to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.  Any beef producer in the U.S. who owns cattle – or any importer who imports cattle or beef – is eligible. All eligible producers or importers are encouraged to seek nomination by June 5th, 2015. Vacancies are available in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Mid-Atlantic Unit (Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.), the Northeast Unit (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont), the Southeast Unit (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina), the Southwest Unit (California and Nevada), and the Importer Unit.


Organic Transition Cost Share

Minnesota farmers can apply for Organic Transition Cost Share funding again in 2015. The three-year-old program refunds a portion of the cost of working with an organic certifying agency. Only farmers who are new to organic may apply. The program reimburses 75 percent of the cost to hire a certifier during transition and requires an on-farm mock inspection. Applicants may also include the cost of soil testing and attending an approved organic conference in Minnesota or a neighboring state. Payments are capped at $750 per year. For costs paid during calendar year 2015, applications must be postmarked no later than February 14, 2016. Find FAQs and application forms at the MDA website.

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