ST. PAUL — Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers seeking to improve their livestock operation are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $789,000 using a competitive review process.

The AGRI Program’s Livestock Improvement Grants encourage long-term industry development in Minnesota’s $7 billion livestock industry through investment in facilities, infrastructure and equipment. The program encourages new farmers and generational transitions in order to sustain the livestock industry in the state. Funding for the grants comes through the AGRI Program to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries.

Applicants may apply for up to 10% of their project’s total cost. Grant awards can range in size from $400 to $25,000. Each livestock operation is eligible to receive a lifetime maximum of $50,000 from this grant program.

To be eligible for reimbursement by this grant, individuals must be invoiced and pay for all project materials and services between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2022.

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Proposals are due at 4 p.m. Nov. 4, to be considered. Visit http://bit.ly/2pqiGiX for more information and an online application.