Crop research grants available from MDA

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting grant applications for applied crop research to improve the agricultural product quality, quantity, or value of Minnesota’s $10 billion crop industry.

MDA anticipates awarding roughly $1 million in total. Minnesota-based organizations with agricultural research capabilities may apply for the funding. Grants reimburse up to $250,000 of the cost of a project that will provide research products within seven years to benefit Minnesota agriculture, its producers, and associated industries.

Research projects with an outreach plan that addresses how activities or outcomes of this project meaningfully involves or informs underserved agricultural producers such as emerging farmers, and rural communities with limited economic opportunities will receive priority. In addition, preference will also be given to applicants researching crops that have limited access to other research funds. 

Applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program Crop Research Grant received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 will be included in the competitive review process. The online application is available at the AGRI Crop Research Grant website.

Funding for the Crop Research Grant was established through the AGRI Program which provides grants to farmers, agribusinesses, schools, and more throughout the state of Minnesota. The AGRI Program exists to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy sectors.

Brief descriptions of projects awarded last year follow.

2021 Crop Research Grant Recipients

Project TitleOrganization Name – Principal InvestigatorGrant Award Amount
Expanding the Use of Hail Netting for Non-Chemical Insect Pest Management in AppleUniversity of Minnesota – Annie Klodd$216,282
Hybrid Rye as a Grain and Forage Crop for MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota – Daniel Kaiser$249,932
Developing Molecular Markers for Selecting and Improving Minnesota HempUniversity of Minnesota – George Weiblen & Tom Michaels$249,963
Increasing High Tunnel Vegetable Productivity through Improved Soil HealthUniversity of Minnesota – Julie Grossman$249,269
Accelerating the Development of Winter Barley Cropping Systems for MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota – Kevin P. Smith$224,583
Developing Nutrient Recommendations for East African Leafy Crops Grown in MinnesotaUniversity of Minnesota – Paulo Pagliari$250,000

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