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Grants available to help improve soil health

Grant awards will provide up to 50% cost-share, with a minimum award of $500 and a maximum award of $50,000. A total of $475,000 is available.

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for a new Soil Health Financial Assistance Pilot Program. The funds will help producers to purchase or retrofit soil health equipment.

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The program provides funding to help processors add value to Minnesota agricultural products by investing in production capacity, market diversification and market access for value-added products.

Grant awards will provide up to 50% cost-share, with a minimum award of $500 and a maximum award of $50,000. A total of $475,000 is available.

Examples of eligible new or used equipment include, but are not limited to, no-till drills, air seeders, highboys, variable-rate equipment, retrofit projects to allow no-till planting, and more. Parts and materials used to retrofit existing equipment are also eligible.

To apply, visit mda.state.mn.us/soil-health-grant. Applications are due March 20.

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