North St Louis Soil & Water Conservation District refers persons with agricultural land to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. For assistance with federal agriculture based cost-share programs, please contact Marge Sella, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services at 218-741-3937 ext. 3 or email.

Minnesota Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. Contact our office for more information.

AGRI Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for Value Added Grants.

Individuals (farmers) or businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and local government entities are eligible.  All applicants must be in good standing (no back taxes, no defaults on Minnesota-backed financing, acceptable performance on past MDA grants, and in compliance with current state regulations).  See RFP for more detail.

Grants are for equipment purchases or physical improvements and are intended to support businesses that will:

  • Start, expand, or update livestock product processing businesses;
  • Purchase equipment to start, upgrade, or modernize value-added businesses;
  • Increase the use and processing of Minnesota agricultural products (required for all grants);
  • Purchase equipment or facility improvement to increase food safety (ex. Implementing a food safety plan); and
  • Increase farmers’ processing and aggregating capacity to sell to schools, hospitals, or other institutions.

Applications that have a meat processing, marketing to schools (or other institutions) component, or are addressing a food safety plan or requirement will receive priority points.

Grants will be awarded through the application and competitive review process.

The MDA anticipates awarding up to $1,000,000 per round of applications through the Value Added Grant Program.  Equipment purchases or physical improvements projects:  Up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed by the grant award; maximum grant award is $150,000; minimum grant award is $1,000.

The Fiscal Year (FY)2017 application periods are open from July 26, 2016 to September 27, 2016 and from December 28, 2016 to March 6, 2017.

To Apply Online:

Helpful Links for Agriculture

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District Northland Office Building

307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. Suite 118
The public is encouraged to attend.

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