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Funding available for sustainable agriculture projects

Don't miss the opportunity to apply for funding that can help you turn your innovative ideas into a sustainable farming practice.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants through January 15, 2010.

These grants are intended for projects that promote environmental stewardship and conservation of resources as well as improve profitability and quality of life on farms and in rural areas.

MDA will award up to $90,000 in 2010 for projects such as fruit and vegetable production, livestock production systems, conservation tillage and weed management, organic farming, and alternative energy crop production.

The MDA's Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program has helped many Minnesota farmers and researchers develop new concepts into viable production practices, such as the use of high tunnel systems to extend the fruit and vegetable growing season.

Completed applications must be received by MDA no later than January 15, 2010. Applications are available on the MDA website at or contact the Agricultural Development and Financial Assistance Division at (651) 201-6012.

Projects funded by the MDA's Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program are highlighted in the Greenbook, which is free and available at or by calling (651) 201-6012.