Minnesota Department of Agriculture


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded nearly $1.2 million in 2020 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) to 13 recipients across Minnesota.

The grant program aims to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Minnesota through marketing and promotion, research and development, expanding availability and access, and addressing challenges confronting producers.

“The future of Minnesota agriculture is diverse, and these grants lead to an increased capacity for a wider variety of profitable crops,” said MDA Assistant Commissioner Patrice Bailey. “That offers Minnesota farmers more paths to success, now and in the future.”

The MDA is now accepting 2021 SCBG applications through March 10, 2021. Applicants may request between $20,000 and $100,000 and projects may last up to two-and-a-half years. Questions may be directed by email to MDA.AGRIGrants@state.mn.us or by calling the MDA Grants Line at 651-201-6500.