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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
2014 MCGA Agvocates
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is currently seeking applicants for the 2014 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 24 and be enrolled in a 2-year of 4-year post-secondary education or training program. Among other duties, participants will be required to attend MCGA-related events, advocate through social media platforms and write an article for one of MCGA’s publications. Applications and program information can be found online at www.mncorn.org or by calling the MCGA office at 952-460-3603. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2014. Agvocates will be selected by May 23, 2014.
Water Bank Program Applications
Through WBP, landowners receive annual payments through a 10-year rental agreement for conserving and protecting wetlands and adjacent lands that may otherwise be used for annual crop production or other activities that require drainage. Eligible land for this year's WBP included flooded agricultural land, flooded hay, pasture or rangeland, and flooded private forestland. WBP funding will not cover the cost of conservation practices to enhance wetlands and contracts will not be renewed after the original contract expires. If conservation practices are required to improve migratory bird habitat, eligible landowners and operators can apply to other NRCS financial assistance programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or available state conservation programs. Interested landowners should contact their local USDA Service Center to learn more about the program and submit an application prior to the April 18, 2014 deadline.
2014 Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards
Iowa Ag News Headlines Deadline Extended for Environmental Excellence Awards Iowa Ag Connection - 03/18/2014 The application deadline for the 2014 Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards has been extended. Applications are now due April 25, 2014. These awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa, recognizing leadership and innovation in the protection of Iowa's water, land and air. Winners will be recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad at a reception in late spring. For more information and to download an application, go to www.iowadnr.gov/eeawards or contact Emily Bainter at 515-242-5955 or Emily.Bainter@dnr.iowa.gov.
MDA Applied Crop Research Grands
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. Additional information and the application are available at www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/cropresearch.aspx. Applications are due April 28, 2014.
Nobles County Agribusiness 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. The objective is to create scholarships for high school graduates entering college in an agricultural related field. Any high school graduate can apply for the scholarships that fulfill the following: 2014 graduating senior; Nobles County resident; Attending any two or four year college for an agriculture or bio-science related field of study. Applications are due April 28th and can be found here (page1) and (page2)
Specialty Crop Grant Proposals
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development, which are defined by the USDA as , vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Non-profits, government agencies, universities and other organizations involved in Minnesota agriculture are encouraged to apply for funding to support new and on-going innovative research. MDA is seeking proposals spanning up to three years and ranging from $10,000 - $100,000. Applications are due April 30, 2014 and can be found online at the MDA website.
Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. This award goes to farmers who have taken voluntary actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state. Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and adopted best management practices throughout their farming operation. Farm owners and operators are welcome to apply. Nominations are due by June 15, 2014 and can be found at the Iowa Agriculture website.