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Minnesota GAP Certification Cost-Share Program

Are you a fruit or vegetable farmer considering GAP certification? GAP certification obtained  in 2017 may be eligible for 75% cost-share reimbursement in spring of 2018. More information: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/gapcostshare.aspx Continue reading ‘Minnesota GAP Certification Cost-Share Program’

Bee Better Certified Farming Program

A new certification program enables agricultural producers to let consumers know they are farming in ways that benefit bees. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation partnered with Oregon Tilth to develop and launch the Bee Better Certified program offsite link image    . Continue reading ‘Bee Better Certified Farming Program’

Free SNAP-EBT Equipment for Farmers’ Markets & Direct Marketing Farmers

Minnesota Farmers’ Markets: if you’ve been on the fence about adding SNAP EBT to your market – now is the time to jump in. This funding ran out earlier this year – and is now available again, but just through November 2017. If you need help with this process, contact MFMA Manager of Member Services Jesse Davis at jdavis@mfma.org. Continue reading ‘Free SNAP-EBT Equipment for Farmers’ Markets & Direct Marketing Farmers’

Minnesota Young & Beginning Farmer Tax Credit

On May 30, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton signed 10 budget bills that included a first of its kind beginning farmers tax credit. Authored by Rep. Nels Pierson (R-Rochester) and Sen. Mike Goggin (R-Redwing) the bill supports the transition of land to young and beginning farmers through a tax credit. Through the bill, landowners receive a state income tax credit when they sell or rent land to a beginning farmer. The credit equals 5 percent of the sale price or 10 percent of the cash rent fee. In turn, the beginning farmer must take a farm management course to qualify for the tax incentive and would be eligible for a tax credit covering the full cost of training. The bill is effective for the 2018 tax year and is funded at 11 million dollars for the 2018-2019 biennium. The funds are available on a first-come-first served basis and administered by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Continue reading ‘Minnesota Young & Beginning Farmer Tax Credit’

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Landowners have a new option to protect their environmentally sensitive cropland with the introduction of the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP). The kick-off for the MN CREP continuous sign-up begins May 15, 2017. Continue reading ‘Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)’

LSP Soil Builders Network in SE Minnesota

The Land Stewardship Project invites crop and livestock farmers to join the southeastern Minnesota-based Soil Builders’ Network to get regular updates on workshops, field days and on-farm demonstrations, as well as soil health and cover crop research. More information and sign-up: http://landstewardshipproject.org/stewardshipfood/lspsoilbuilders

Farm Transitions Email Discussion Group

You are invited to join a new Farm Transitions email discussion group, which is designed to help farmers and farmland owners work through the issues involved in transferring farmland and farm businesses to the next generation. This is a regional effort; through it, you will be able to network with friends from MOSES, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, and other organizations. Continue reading ‘Farm Transitions Email Discussion Group’


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