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Recipient
Farmers, Rural Landowners, and Agricultural Supply Businesses
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
Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, Darren Newville, District Manager, darren.newville@mn.nacdnet.net (218) 631-3195 ext. 3
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,675
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
Funding is awarded to projects selected by the evaluation committee. This is a competitive process.
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$662,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$663,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$787,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$788,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
Fund Source

The  goals of the program are to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices, identify underlying processes that affect water quality, and develop technologies to target critical areas of the landscape. Funded projects provide current and accurate scientific data on the environmental impacts of agricultural practices and help to develop or revise agricultural practices that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining farm profitability.

Statewide
Recipient
Elk River Area Arts Alliance
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Community Art Support
Sherburne
Wright
Hennepin
Isanti
Anoka
Benton
Stearns
Recipient
Great River Chorale
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,991
Community Art Support
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Community Art Support
Sherburne
Wright
Hennepin
Anoka
Mille Lacs
Ramsey
Stearns
Benton
Isanti
Recipient
Saint Cloud Municipal Band
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,200
Community Arts Support
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Community Art Support
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Visual Arts Minnesota
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000

Community Art Support

Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Community Art Support
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
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
$166,319
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$214,416
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
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
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000

New invasive plant species continue to emerge in Minnesota and will pose ongoing threats to Minnesota’s economy, ecology, and environment if able to spread across the state. It is cheapest, easiest, and least harmful to find and control small populations of invasive plants before they become widespread.

Statewide
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
University of Minnesota-Extension
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
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Fund Source

Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

Water Research Inventory Database

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MnWRL) is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota. It includes both peer-reviewed articles as well as white papers and reports. The Library provides 'one-stop' access to all types of water research.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Multiple local partners
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,000,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,000,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,830
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$173,380
Fund Source

The Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead on implementing conservation practices that protect water quality. Those who implement and maintain approved conservation practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. This program will help address concerns about changing regulatory requirements from multiple state and federal agencies.

Statewide
Recipient
Chamber Music Society of Saint Cloud
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$235
Organizational Development
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$354,595
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$383,633
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$334,708
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$382,681
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$351,464
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$318,023
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$317,555
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$348,369
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Fund Source

The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's monitoring activities is to determine the presence and concentration of pesticides in Minnesota's groundwater and surface water. Monitoring information is used to characterize and assess the extent of pesticide impacts to Minnesota's water resources.

Statewide
Recipient
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Sauk Rapids-Rice Adult Basic Education
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,600
Project Grant
Benton
Recipient
Saint John's University AKA Saint John's University Fine Arts Programming
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000

Project Grant

Stearns
Sherburne
Benton
Kandiyohi
Meeker
Recipient
Wirth Center for the Performing Arts
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,875
Project Grant
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Wright
Recipient
Downtown Saint Cloud Art Crawl Collaborative
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Wright
Recipient
Great River Chorale
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,087
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Recipient
Great River Educational Arts Theatre AKA GREAT Theatre
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Wright
Recipient
Great River Educational Arts Theatre AKA GREAT Theatre
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Anoka
Recipient
Inaccurate Vernacular
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,925
Project Grant
Stearns
Sherburne
Benton
Hennepin
Ramsey
Recipient
Paramount Arts Resource Trust AKA Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Recipient
Saint Cloud Area School District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,209
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Saint Cloud Film Festival
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,175
Project Grant
Stearns
Benton
Sherburne
Wright
Hennepin
St. Louis
Clay
Recipient
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,000
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Whitney Senior Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,327
Project Grant
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Morrison
Recipient
Elk River Area Arts Alliance
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,000
Public Art
Anoka
Benton
Hennepin
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District, Holly Kovarik, District Manager, 320-634-5327
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
Elk River Area Arts Alliance
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$756
Small Capital for Nonprofits
Sherburne
Wright
Stearns
Benton
Isanti
Anoka
Hennepin
Mille Lacs
Recipient
Great River Educational Arts Theatre AKA GREAT Theatre
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,500
Small Capital for Nonprofit
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Paramount Arts Resource Trust AKA Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,113
Small Capital for Nonprofit
Benton
Sherburne
Stearns
Wright
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$521,193
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$598,942
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$579,100
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$498,583
Fund Source

Nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) is one of the contaminants of greatest concern for groundwater in Minnesota. This funding is being used for activities that help identify the severity and magnitude of nitrate contamination and implement practices at the local level to reduce nitrate in groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is working with many local partners and passing funding through to local government units (counties, cities, soil and water conservation districts) to address this concern.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$490,390
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$442,904
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$285,700
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$279,500
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$259,000
Fund Source

The MDA's technical assistance helps ensure that current and accurate scientific information is made available and used to address water quality concerns in agricultural areas of Minnesota. This funding has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices, share information from research and demonstration sites and enhance outreach and education to the agricultural community and local government partners.

Statewide