In early February, approximately $100,000 in grant money was available to help Minnesota dairy producers conduct business planning.

David Weinand, project consultant for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, says the grants help pay for important planning expenses, such as pre-engineering, long-range financial planning (related to expansion and modernization) or consultation in regard to transferring the operation to the next generation.

In addition, some farmers have used the grants to explore cost-effective ways to comply with new feedlot rules.
Each qualifying dairy can receive up to $5,000.

For more information, contact Weinand at (651) 215-3946.