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 email@example.com.
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.
MDA Farm to School Grants
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2015 Farm to School Grant Program. MDA anticipates awarding $500,000 in competitive grants to increase sales of locally grown and raised food products to K-12 schools and child care providers. All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. November 4, 2015. The complete RFP and instructions for submittal are located online. Proposals may be submitted online.
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.