Grain Storage Cost-Share Program Expected to Continue
Agriculture producers know the dangers that come with their occupation but there are some programs to help producers get reimbursed for their mitigation efforts. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture only has a few weeks left in their pilot Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program. The program was designed to help farmers make safety improvements for grain bins and grain silos. The program reimburses 75 percent of eligible expenses up to $400 per bin or silo and limits of $2,400 per farm per year. MDA director of ag marketing and development Paul Huginin says these updates are important and can be simple.
The pilot program provided $70,000 through public-private funding from the state and with funds coming from Cargill and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Huginin says the first year of the program was very successful and producers should expect it to continue.
Richard Syverson serves on the Grower Services Action Team of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association who says this opportunity seemed like the perfect fit for the organization to contribute to.
Some producers may look at the cost-share program as not providing enough help but Syverson says its about keeping producers safe
Minnesota farmers are eligible for the cost-share program with applications accepted until June 30th. Applications and details are available at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.