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


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.


Farm Mom of the Year

Monsanto is now accepting applications for 2015 "Farm Mom of the Year" contest. Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom, whether it’s their mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member.To nominate, submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. The five regional winners will be announced at the end of April, and each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Profiles of the winners will then be posted to AmericasFarmers.com, where the public can vote for one national farm mom winner. Announced just prior to Mother’s Day, the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize above and beyond her regional prize, for a total of $10,000. For more information on the program or for complete eligibility requirements and official contest rules visit AmericasFarmers.com. Deadline to nominate is March 31, 2015


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.


Century Farm Applications

Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2015 Century Farms Program. Family farms are recognized as Century Farms when they meet three requirements. The farm must be: 1) at least 100 years old according to authentic land records; 2) in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years (continuous residence on the farm is not required); and 3) at least 50 acres. Applications are available online at mnstatefair.org (click the “Recognition Programs” link at the bottom of the home page); at fbmn.org; by calling the State Fair at (651) 288-4400; or at statewide county extension and county Farm Bureau offices. The submission deadline is April 3, 2015. Recipients will be announced in May. Previously recognized families should not reapply.


MCGA Agvocates

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is currently seeking applicants for the 2015 Agvocate (Advocates for Agriculture) program set to begin June 1, 2015. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 23 and currently 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 10, 2015. Agvocates will be selected by May 15, 2015.


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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