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Published October 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

Livestock Investment Grants to continue for another year

ST. PAUL — For those livestock producers reading this, here is some good news! Minnesota agriculture was fortunate again this year to be allotted $1 million dollars for the continuation of the Livestock Investment Grant Program as part of the newly created Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation program. The Livestock Investment Grant Program provides grants to a person or entity raising livestock for the purposes of improving or expanding livestock production in Minnesota. Applications can include one large project or several small ones lumped into one application.

By: Jim Ostlie, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL — For those livestock producers reading this, here is some good news! Minnesota agriculture was fortunate again this year to be allotted $1 million dollars for the continuation of the Livestock Investment Grant Program as part of the newly created Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation program. The Livestock Investment Grant Program provides grants to a person or entity raising livestock for the purposes of improving or expanding livestock production in Minnesota. Applications can include one large project or several small ones lumped into one application.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2009 Livestock Investment Grant Program. It will award 10 percent of a project/s with a minimum expense of $4,000 — total accumulation of projects over entire year — and a maximum expense of $500,000. Grant applications will be competitively scored using an evaluation profile and ranked on their relative merit in each category. A review committee will evaluate the applications and notify recipients in early 2010. The grant covers:

- The acquisition, construction or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock or livestock products;

- The acquisition of equipment for livestock housing, confinement, feedin, and waste management;

- The development of pasture for use by livestock.

- To offset losses due to a natural disaster or unintended consequence as part of the rebuilding process.

Minnesota residents are eligible. All livestock species are eligible. Except for qualifying pasture development expenditures, qualifying expenditures include only amounts that are allowed to be capitalized and deducted under federal income tax rules (section 167 or 179 of the Internal Revenue Code). Qualified expenditures do not include an amount paid to refinance existing debt or for livestock animals.

If you applied for, but were not granted, a Livestock Investment Grant in 2008, your application remains active and will be considered along with the 2009 applicants. Receipts for purchases or services are not requested as a part of the application process. Only grants that are approved will need to provide proof of payment. Grants will be paid to eligible producers after they have submitted proof of payment to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Questions or comments can be referred to Jim Ostlie, livestock development and planning specialist, at 320-243-0503. Applications can be found on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Web site at

http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/livestockinvestment.htm. The application can be filled out in pen or a downloadable version is also available to complete on the computer and printed off. Hard copies can be mailed out per request by calling the number above.

Applications for the 2009 Livestock Investment Grant program must be postmarked by Nov. 30. All applications must be originals (e-mailed and faxed copies will not be accepted). Keep a copy of your application for your own records. Incomplete grant applications will not be accepted or reviewed. Submitted applications will not be returned.

Completed applications are to be mailed to Livestock Investment Grant Program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity — check out the Web site or call for more information!

Jim Ostlie is a livestock development specialist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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