MDA Grants Available for Crop Research

Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Funding

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $2 million through the competitively awarded AGRI Crop Research Grant. Grant funds are available for applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Funding for the grants was established through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries.

The primary goal of the AGRI Crop Research Grant is to promote economic growth as well as to innovative environmentally friendly practices in Minnesota’s $10 billion crop production industry.

“Working together, we will continue to lay a foundation for our agricultural community that provides inclusive economic growth and opportunity, and that ensures rural communities have the support they need to thrive and grow in the years to come,” said Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “I encourage our hard working ag researchers to apply for the AGRI Crop Research Grant.”

Minnesota-based organizations with agricultural research capabilities may apply for funding to improve crops grown in the state. The MDA also aims to support research that addresses the crop production needs of underserved Ag producers. Funding under this round will have a maximum of $250,000 per project.

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28. The online application is available at the AGRI Crop Research Grant website. For more information about the AGRI Crop Research Grant visit or contact Michael Greene at