Agriculture Promotion Grants

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation offers the Agriculture Promotion Grant Program for the promotion of agriculture in Minnesota. County Farm Bureaus may apply for funding up to $800 to develop and implement an activity or event that addresses one or more of the following Minnesota Farmers CARE priority areas which include: Animals, Environment, Food Safety and Families OR addresses member engagement programs such as leadership education, consumer education and farm safety (adult and youth). Ideas may include farm tours and breakfast events, classroom visits, county fair activities, displays, etc. This is a competitive grant program and full funding is not guaranteed.

Applications are due December 16. Applicants will be notified by January if they have received a grant and for what amount. The first payment of the grant will come after a representative attends the Leadership Conference. The second payment will come after reviewing the final report form.

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Foundation Grant Proposals

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation reviews grant requests twice a year with distribution of funds completed in October and May. Funding requests must be received by April 1 to be considered for May distribution. Funding requests must be received by September 1 in order to be considered for the October distribution.

All applicants must submit a detailed letter with supporting materials and send to:
Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Foundation
P.O. Box 64370
St. Paul, MN 55164

Funding requests must meet the mission and purpose of the Foundation.
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2018 Grant Highlights

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation awarded nearly $40,000 in Agriculture Promotion grants and contributions to 54 county Farm Bureaus in 2018. Much of the work done is to increase understanding of agriculture among urban and rural populations and its importance in our lives. Below are two examples of these grant programs.

Traverse County Farm Bureau, in honor of National Agriculture Week, worked with the Wheaton and Campbell-Tintah Elementary students in 3rd -5th grades to design and create posters with the theme “Farming is…” These posters were judged by the county Farm Bureau Board of Directors and displayed in the Traverse County Farm Bureau office window. Those winning the contest were awarded prize money.

Clay County Farm Bureau purchased nine barn banners that were displayed at the Clay County Fair. These banners highlight fun facts, animal life cycle and how ranchers care for the environment and their animals. Each banner also features the “Wash-Toss-Walk” safety guide for staying safe in livestock barns. This is a great way to inform those attending livestock events about animal agriculture. Banners are available from American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture here.