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December 16 deadline for MDA's $2 million Minnesota livestock grants

Staff Writer |
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded $2 million in Livestock Investment Grants to 104 Minnesota livestock farmers in Fiscal Year 2016.

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Grantees will use the funds to make purchases or improvements to their livestock operations.

Minnesota’s livestock sector is valued at nearly $9 billion, making Minnesota the 8th largest livestock-producing state in the nation.

An estimated 989 construction jobs and 256 full- or part-time jobs on Minnesota farms were created as a result of this round of Livestock Investment Grants.

“Minnesota has some of the strongest livestock producers in the country, made up of large and small family operations, and all of them add value to Minnesota's economy. The state of Minnesota has been a strong partner with these producers,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith.

“The Livestock Investment Grant initiative has helped more than 600 livestock farmers expand and diversify their businesses. We are proud of this work, and will build on these successes, to create more opportunities for Minnesota farmers.”

Farmers wishing to apply for the next round of Livestock Investment Grants may submit online applications through December 16, 2016.

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