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


Conservation Stewardship Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding). This year’s investment may result in the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners. For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or a local USDA service center.


Farm Rescue Planting Assistance Applications

Farm Rescue is ready to provide volunteer labor and equipment to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster with aid going to farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and eastern Montana. Applications for the 2015 planting season are now being accepted, with priority given to those received prior to March 31, 2015. Application forms may be found on the organization’s website at www.farmrescue.org or by calling 701-252-2017. Friends may also call to anonymously refer a family they believe could use Farm Rescue’s help. Each family selected for assistance can receive up to 1,000 acres planted free of charge.


Sesquincentennial Farm Applications

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Applications are available by writing Sesquicentennial Farms, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164; emailing info@fbmn.org; or calling 651-768-2100. Applications and qualifications are also available on the MFB website. Deadline for application is April 1, 2015. Previously recognized families should not reapply.


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.


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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