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.
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.
NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture (Scholarship)
The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are seeking applicants for the William C Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 13, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2014. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture. Visit the NCGA website to apply.
Feeding America Donation
Minnesota Farmers Union is teaming up with Feeding America to help raise funds for the hungry.
The growing demand for raw food can be met by farmers. However, getting the food to the hungry is where Feeding America and National Farmers Union are working together, and toward a modest goal of raising $50,000 by December 25, 2013. $50,000 would garner 400,000 meals, or 450,000 pounds of food for hungry individuals. A simple $10 donation can help serve over 80 hungry people. For more information, go online at www.nfu.org/feedingamerica. Goal of raising $50,000 has been set by December 25, 2013.
Working Here Fund Grant Application
Working Here Fund grant applications are being accepted through December 31, 2013. Grants of up to $2,000 are considered for projects and organizations in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming in areas of agriculture education, young and beginning producers, and hunger and nutrition. Grants are also considered for essential services and disaster relief needs. Get the details here.
Minnesota's Feedlot Registration
Owners of an estimated 22,000 livestock feedlots registered in Minnesota must submit updated registration information to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) by Jan. 1, 2014. The information includes location, type of operation and number of livestock. The state's feedlot rule requires all feedlot registrations to be updated at least once in a four-year cycle. The current four-year cycle runs from Jan. 2, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2014. Records show that approximately 13,500 feedlot owners have already re-registered for the current cycle. Feedlot owners who have not already re-registered will receive a registration form from either their local county office or an MPCA regional office. The feedlot owner must review the information on the form, make needed corrections and return the form to the appropriate office. More information and the Registration Form for Feedlots and Manure Storage Areas are available on the MPCA's Feedlot Permit Information and Application Forms webpage or from county or MPCA regional offices.
Scholarships via University of Minnesota & Alumni Association of the Southern School of Ag
The Alumni Association of the Southern School of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota, Waseca is offering two types of scholarships. A $500 scholarship is available to any former graduate or former student that completed a minimum of 45 credits while at SSA or UMW and is pursuing a two-year, four-year, or graduate degree. A $500 scholarship is also available to any child or grandchild of alum. To be eligible for this scholarship students’ GPA must be above 3.0. Scholarship application deadline is January 10, 2014. Recipients will be notified in March and awarded at their school banquet. Criteria and information on how to apply is available on the internet at: http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu/UMWSSA/index.htm or write to the Alumni Scholarship Committee, Southern Research and Outreach Center, 35838 120th St., Waseca, MN 56093-4521. Questions can be directed to Deanne Nelson at (507) 835-3620 or Email: email@example.com.
MDA Bioenergy & Grant Program
The enrollment period for the Bioenergy and Biochemical Grant program Request for Proposals is up, running and ready for applicants. Anyone awarded a grant must contribute at least 50% to the total proposed bioenergy project cost. Proposals will be accepted until January 10, 2014 and awardees will be notified in March. View the grant application on the MDA website.
Conservation Stewardship Program
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for fiscal year 2014. Those producers interested in participating can submit applications through January 17, 2014. In CSP – producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy. For more details, contact your local NRCS office.
MDA Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program will award up to $250,000 in 2014 for on-farm sustainable agriculture research or demonstration projects. Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature increased funding for the Sustainable Ag Grant Program by $150,000 during the 2013 legislative session.The grant application is available on the MDA website at www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/demogrant.aspx or by contacting the Agricultural Marketing and Development Division at 651-201-6012. Completed applications must be received by MDA no later than January 29, 2014
Livestock Investment Grants
Grants are now available to livestock producers in Minnesota for on-farm improvements. Qualifying producers would be reimbursed ten percent of the first $500,000 of investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock, and the purchase of fencing as well as feeding and waste management equipment. Producers who suffered a loss due to a natural disaster or unintended consequence may also apply. The grant will not pay for livestock or land purchases or for the cost of debt refinancing. Deadline to apply is February 21, 2014. More information can be found at the MDA website.