ST. PAUL — Minnesota produce farmers who purchased water testing for generic E. coli between Sept. 30, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2020 may be eligible for reimbursement of these expenses under a new pilot mini-grant program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

The Produce Safety Water Testing for Generic E. coli Mini-Grant, administered by the MDA Produce Safety Program, will distribute approximately $2,800 total, up to $400 per farmer. To be eligible, farmers must sell a minimum annual average of $5,000 in produce that is covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Applications for the pilot mini-grant program are available at, and will be accepted through Feb. 26. Additional information about the eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the website.

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