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Recipient
Farmers, Rural Landowners, and Agricultural Supply Businesses
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
Fund Source

The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure, and is not duplicated by any other source of funding. The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. Funds are used for proven practices that prevent non-point source water pollution or solve existing water quality problems.

Anoka
Becker
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Clearwater
Cook
Cottonwood
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Hubbard
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Marshall
Martin
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Roseau
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Roseau County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,064

To allow people with mobility challenges greater access to heritage events at Roseau County Fair grandstand.

Roseau
Recipient
Todd County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To increase access to arts and cultural heritage programming at the Todd County Fair by enhancing a stage, improving the fine arts display area, hosting an array of demonstrations, and featuring an Irish band and theater group.

Todd
Recipient
Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000

To enhance the lighting in the demonstrations and exhibit building.

Wabasha
Recipient
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net (218) 631-3195 ext. 3
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,873
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$14,802
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,145
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,904
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,475
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,904
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,974
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,883
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,513
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has a Joint Powers Agreement with Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Wadena County SWCD is partnering with 13 counties that make up the "Central Sands" region.

Project Goals:

Becker
Benton
Cass
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Kandiyohi
Morrison
Otter Tail
Pope
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,826
Fund Source

The MDA partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Surveys were conducted over the phone. NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.In 2011, the survey focused on the southeast region of Minnesota. The survey was designed to gather information about nitrogen fertilizer rates, timing of nitrogen application and use of nitrogen inhibitors.

Blue Earth
Dakota
Dodge
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Le Sueur
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Waseca
Winona
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$183,631
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$170,848
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,642
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$208,625
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$189,086
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$179,360
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$205,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$205,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
Fund Source

The Discovery Farms program is a farmer-led effort to gather field-scale water quality information on different types of farms across Minnesota. The three pillars of the program are farmer leadership, credible research, and communicating results.

Blue Earth
Chisago
Dodge
Goodhue
Kandiyohi
Norman
Renville
Rock
Stearns
Wilkin
Wright
Recipient
Mahnomen County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To increase access to arts and cultural heritage programming at the Mahnomen County Fair by creating a performance space for ACH events. Funds would be used for stage construction, lighting and sound.

Mahnomen
Recipient
Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide exhibits, re-enactments, education displays, workshops and presentations of "Wabasha County in Days By-Gone." Funds will also be used to purchase a sound system to enhance workshops and presentations, enhance the quilt and wall displays in the Open Class Exhibit Building, and bring a youth theater group to perform at the fair.

Wabasha
Recipient
Wright County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,009

To present the history of agriculture in Wright County through exhibits of equipment from the past to present, video presentations, and a demonstration of food preparation in the 19th century.

Wright
Recipient
Dept. of Agriculture / U of MN
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$240,000
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has been decimating ash trees throughout the Great Lakes states. It was first discovered in Minnesota in 2009 and is now found in four counties (Hennepin, Houston, Ramsey, and Winona). EAB poses a particularly serious threat to Minnesota because it is home to nearly 1 billion ash trees that occur throughout the state - the second most of any state.
Hennepin
Houston
Ramsey
Statewide
Winona
Recipient
East Otter Tail County SWCD, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net 218-346-4260 x110
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$54,543
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$57,290
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,440
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,565
Fund Source
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) to carry out a series of workshops and expand programs that promote proper water and nitrogen management.   
Becker
Hubbard
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
University of Minnesota-Extension
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
Fund Source

Funding supports an Irrigation Specialist to develop guidance and provide education on irrigation and nitrogen best management practices (BMPs). In this position, Dr. Vasu Sharma provides direct support to irrigators on issues of irrigation scheduling and soil water monitoring. She is collaborating on the development of new irrigation scheduling tools that help irrigators manage water and nitrogen resources more precisely. These tools help reduce nitrogen leaching losses in irrigated cropping systems.

Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Cass
Chippewa
Clay
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Goodhue
Grant
Hubbard
Isanti
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Marshall
Meeker
Morrison
Mower
Norman
Otter Tail
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Renville
Rice
Sherburne
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Watonwan
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,757
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,868
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,550
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
Fund Source

This project was part of a three-state partnership to test, demonstrate and promote a simple, inexpensive and reliable new system for edge-of-field water monitoring. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm, in collaboration with UW-Platteville Engineering, has developed a low cost monitoring system that can obtain good quality, edge-of-field monitoring data in agricultural settings. By eliminating unnecessary features and assembling components in-house, the prototype monitoring system derives the majority of cost savings with minimal sacrifice in accuracy.

Dodge
Fillmore
Goodhue
Wabasha
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

Native to the western United States and Canada, mountain pine beetle is considered the most devastating forest insect in North America. Trees usually die as a result of infestation and an unprecedented outbreak in the west is currently decimating pine forests there. While mountain pine beetle is not presently believed to reside in Minnesota, there are risks posed by an expanding species range resulting from warming climate and the potential for accidental introduction via lumber imports from infested areas.

Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Carlton
Cass
Chisago
Clearwater
Cook
Crow Wing
Fillmore
Houston
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Kittson
Koochiching
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Mahnomen
Marshall
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pine
Polk
Ramsey
Roseau
Sherburne
St. Louis
Stearns
Todd
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Winona
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$128,442
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$46,231
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$106,592
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,050
Fund Source

 The Nitrogen Rate Study on Coarse-Textured Soil (N Rate Study) was done in 2015-2018 by the University of Minnesota (U of M) and Central Lakes College (CLC) at CLC’s farm in Staples, MN.  The study examined nitrogen fertilizer rates for corn on sandy soil—with and without irrigation.  The study specifically considered potential nitrogen loss from dryland corn versus irrigated corn and was established after the U of M released new nitrogen rate guidelines in early 2015.

Becker
Benton
Cass
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Kandiyohi
Morrison
Otter Tail
Pope
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,175
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,818
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,462
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$19,692
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,378
Fund Source

PROJECT GOAL: Improve agricultural production and reduce flooding losses while minimizing the unwanted environmental impacts of subsurface drainage.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate controlled tile drainage as a flood mitigation practice as well as the water quality and quantity benefits. The project is intended to set an example to increase the adoption of drainage water management practices in the Red River Valley. 

Controlled drainage and a saturated buffer are both being evaluated as part of this project.

Clay
Kittson
Marshall
Norman
Polk
Roseau
Wilkin
Recipient
Winona County Agricultural Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To provide a variety of programming at the Winona County Fair that preserves and promotes Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. Art demonstrations will feature painting, watercolor, drawing, oils, spinning, weaving, and quilting. Visitors will be able to view antique tractors and learn about their history and restoration process. Children can watch a marionette show and learn about ventriloquism. The fair will feature a bluegrass band and a dog sledding display.

Winona
Recipient
Rice County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To engage children in various activities by providing marionette shows to teach the history of marionettes, and a spelling bee.

Rice
Recipient
Rice County Ag Society, Inc.
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To build several large World War II displays in order to educate youth on military history.

Rice
Recipient
Rice County Ag Society, Inc.
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000

To construct the Arts and Cultural Celebration Center at the Rice County fairgrounds. This heated, year round and handicap accessible building with ADA bathrooms and presentation stage will be home to arts presentations by regional individuals and performances by county arts and theater organizations.

Rice
Recipient
Roseau County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To increase diversity of demonstrations in Roseau County Fair’s Cultural Heritage Building by adding a portable sound system and bleachers.

Roseau
Recipient
Roseau County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$19,750

To create an area dedicated to arts, cultural heritage, and MN history exhibits at the Roseau County Fair. The display will rotate annually; for 2012, the Roseau County Historical Society will display pictures and video of the 2002 flood in Roseau County, and displays of old washing machines and saws used by the logging industry.

Roseau
Recipient
Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District, Holly Kovarik, District Manager, 320-634-5327
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,100
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$163,741
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$174,176
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,031
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,239
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$118,595
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,465
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,354
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,104
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,883
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is working with partners at the Rosholt Research Farm in Westport, Minnesota to develop guidance and provide education on irrigation and nitrogen best management practices and the associated water quality impacts on irrigated, sandy soils.

Becker
Benton
Cass
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Kandiyohi
Morrison
Otter Tail
Pope
Sherburne
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Wright County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,800

To increase Wright County Fair's capacity to host more performing arts programming by improving stage sound and lighting. With the enhancements, the fair will be able to provide the public with more diverse programming beyond traditional commercial musical performers, and schedule more programming by allowing evening performances.

Wright
Recipient
Le Sueur County Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To host a children's show about life on the farm through songs and stories, and offer a presentation about, and create a display area of, antique horse drawn machinery used by farmers from the Le Sueur County area.

Le Sueur
Recipient
Le Sueur County Fair Association
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To educate fairgoers about the early history of the area. The Le Sueur County Fair will create an exhibit on the Native American and early settlers life in the area. The exhibit will include a large tipi, fire pit, artifacts, tools, hides, and more. Funds will also be used to host demonstrations on native and log cabin construction techniques, and drawing and painting activities for children.

Le Sueur
Recipient
Winona County Agricultural Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,752

To preserve the one room schoolhouse on the fairgrounds. The Little Red Schoolhouse will need painting, window repair, and electrical upgrades. The Winona County Historical Society will help organize materials for programming and exhibiting.

Funds will also improve lighting in two art exhibit buildings.

Winona
Recipient
Todd County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To increase access to Todd county history by improving ventilation and lighting in the Todd County Historical Society’s Satellite Museum.

Todd
Recipient
Multiple SWCD and County Partners
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$37,827
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,811
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$229,854
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$221,123
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$276,290
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$282,950
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$123,192
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has designed a Township Testing Program to determine current nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in private wells on a township scale. The MDA has identified townships throughout the state that are vulnerable to groundwater contamination (because of local geology or shallow groundwater) and have significant row crop production. These are the counties that will be prioritized for Township Testing.

Becker
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Cottonwood
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Hubbard
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Meeker
Morrison
Mower
Nicollet
Nobles
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Redwood
Rice
Rock
Scott
Sherburne
Stearns
Steele
Swift
Todd
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Wright
Recipient
Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To provide the region free access to numerous arts, cultural, historical, and educational events and activities that were not available in the area. The Wabasha County Agricultural Fair held a children’s event called “Games that Require no Batteries,” and several workshops engaging all ages of fairgoers in local history, bluegrass music, and music of the Elvis era.

Wabasha
Recipient
Wabasha County Agricultural Fair Association
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,490

To enhance the spectator experience at the gazebo stage at the Wabasha County Fair. The fair provided a sun roof area for spectators to watch performances out of the sun.

Wabasha
Recipient
Wright County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer the opportunity for fairgoers to experience and participate in a variety of cultural performances and historical presentations. Wright County has a diverse population and a rich history in agriculture and culture, but is moving toward a more suburban based population. The fair is focusing on providing experiences which will expose fairgoers to diverse historical and cultural experiences.

Wright