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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
Morrison County Fair
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,100

To purchase a sound system to enhance the arts and cultural heritage programming at the fair.

Morrison
Recipient
Mower County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To improve the lighting and display areas in Creative Arts Building.

Mower
Recipient
Morrison County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To build a mobile stage and purchase sound and lighting equipment, in order to increase the fair's ability to host arts and cultural heritage programming.

Morrison
Recipient
Renville County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To improve the floor in the arts open class building to make the area handicap accessible, and install track lighting above art displays.

Renville
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
Douglas County Agricultural Association
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To feature three days of dance programs highlighting dance styles from seven different historical periods. These demonstrations will be part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the Douglas County Fair. Dance programming will offer historical background of each dance in addition to demonstrations.

Douglas
Recipient
Stearns County Fair Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

To increase access to arts and cultural heritage programming at the Stearns County Fair by building a permanent stage for demonstrations, performances, and workshops.

Stearns
Recipient
Shell Prairie Agriculture Association

To engage the residents of Hubbard County in the arts and encourage them to exhibit their work in the Open Class Building. Funds will additionally be used to restore the one room school house.

Hubbard
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
Kandiyohi Agricultural Society

To bring “Historical and Scandinavian Churches” to the Kandiyohi County Fair’s Old Settlers’ Cabin. This is a collaboration between Minnesota Historian Doug Ohman, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Fair Board. The project includes installing lighting to highlight photos and displays. The fair hired Theatre of Fools for two Vaudeville shows and a juggling workshop for children as well as the Old West Society of Minnesota for living history and reenactments. All artists/historians are Minnesota-based.

Kandiyohi
Recipient
Kandiyohi County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,935

To offer fairgoers an opportunity to celebrate local history and culture. The Kandiyohi County Fair has rehabilitated the Old Settlers’ Cabin on the fair grounds. The Old Settlers’ Building was built in 1926 and will be used as memorial hall on the fair grounds. It was used as a gathering place for old settlers and will now be a place to house relics of earlier days.

Kandiyohi
Recipient
Kandiyohi County Fair
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To bring “Historical and Scandinavian Churches” to the Kandiyohi County Fair’s Old Settlers’ Cabin. This is a collaboration between Minnesota Historian Doug Ohman, the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and the Kandiyohi County Fair Board. The project includes installing lighting to highlight photos and displays, hosting Theatre of Fools for two Vaudeville shows and a juggling workshop for children, as well as the Old West Society of Minnesota for living history and reenactments. All artists/historians are Minnesota-based.

Kandiyohi
Recipient
Kandiyohi County Fair
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,935

To rehabilitate the Old Settlers’ Cabin on the fair grounds. The Kandiyohi County Fair will replace shingles on the cabin, which was built in 1926 by the Old Settlers’ Association. The cabin is both a historic structure and houses county artifacts.

Kandiyohi
Recipient
Morrison County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer a Children’s Day with arts and education programming for young fairgoers. The Morrison County Fair provided a show from the Homeward Bound Theatre Company including “Franny Farmer,” who provides healthy eating information and “Paul Bunyon,” who discusses the lumbering heritage of the central part of Minnesota.

Morrison
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
Mower County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To enhance exhibits of local artists' work by improving lighting in Mower County Fair's Creative Arts Building. Additional natural light and new spotlights will help artists highlight their work.

Mower
Recipient
Douglas County Agricultural Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$39,809

To construct a log building that will house Dakota and Ojibway artifacts during the Douglas County Fair. The building will be open to the public at no charge and it will be staffed and operated with the support of the Runestone Museum and the Douglas County Historical Society. Speakers will talk about Native American history, share their own family artifacts, provide instrumental and vocal performances, and be available to converse with visitors as they view the collection.

Douglas
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
Kandiyohi County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,577

To repair the 1926 Old Settlers' Cabin to make it suitable for historical displays and programming. No historical displays or programming have been housed at the Cabin since the early 1950s. The fair board, along with the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, will use the repaired and enhanced space to display pictures and relics of the county's early history.

Funds will be used to repair the foundation and seal logs. Track lighting and secure display cases will highlight exhibits.

Kandiyohi
Recipient
Douglas County Agricultural Association
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,168

To restore a 1942 Allis Chalmers tractor, which will be displayed during the fair, and to create a space for and schedule children's events.

Douglas
Recipient
Renville CountyAgricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,380

To bring new arts and cultural heritage programming to the Renville County Fair. Programming included a performance by the Red Tree Singers, a Native American group, and Kid Power, an interactive kids’ program. Funds were also used to commission a local artist to paint a mural depicting local agriculture and history.

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

To offer new arts demonstrations at the Renville County Fair. Programming will include a performance by an educational vocal band, and demonstrations by an artist specializing in Chinese calligraphy.

Renville
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Fillmore County SWCD (507) 765-3878 ext. 3
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$182,888
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$203,715
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$195,458
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$210,566
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,363
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$165,457
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,730
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$395,000
Fund Source

The Root River Field to Stream Partnership is a collaborative effort led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in partnership with Fillmore, Mower, and the Root River Soil and Water Conservation Districts, local farmers, crop advisers, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, and the Nature Conservancy. Together, project partners are addressing the following key questions:

Fillmore
Houston
Mower
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
Stearns County Fair Association
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To enhance art access by improving the sound system on the fair’s “Heritage Stage.”

Stearns
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
Kandiyohi County Agricultural Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,368

The Little Red Schoolhouse has a long history in Kanabec County. Built in 1882 for $350, it served as the first schoolhouse for School District No. 2 before finding a home on the fairgrounds. The Little Red Schoolhouse is home to children's art displays and a variety of activities. Funds will provide a new roof, repair the ceiling, and make the necessary adaptations to make the building handicap accessible. Additionally, period costumes will be purchased and a teacher will be hired for programming.

Kandiyohi
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
Wadena County Agricultural Society
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,783

To offer new arts access and cultural heritage programming to both children and adults at the Wadena County Fair. Programming will include demonstrations in depression era toy making, finger knitting, bead work, leather work, growing container gardens, and a presentation on hoop dance, a Native American cultural performance.

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

To construct an amphitheater on the Wadena County fairgrounds. The amphitheater will be available to the community for cultural and education events sponsored by the Wadena County Agricultural Society, local community groups, schools, etc.

Wadena