It’s always nice to hear Gov. Tim Pawlenty talk about Minnesota. Hasn’t happened all that much lately. But this week he attended the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council in St. Paul and announced $1 million in state aid to livestock producers.
The grants are as part of the Agriculture and Veterans Omnibus Bill passed last session.
The money went to 38 farm operations around the state.
Here’s more from the announcement:
“A big part of Minnesota’s economy is tied to agriculture and food processing,” Governor Pawlenty said. “These grants will help our livestock producers improve their operations so they can compete, thrive, grow our state’s economy, and pass on their farms to the next generation.”
Livestock is an important part of the state’s economy. The livestock industry in Minnesota generates $27 billion in annual economic activity and approximately 177,000 jobs, up from $10 billion and 100,000 jobs in 2001.
Minnesota Livestock Investment Grants cover 10 percent of the first $500,000 of investment in the purchase, construction, and improvement of facilities for the production of livestock. A minimum investment of $4,000 is required. The full value of the projects described in the approved 38 grant applications is $12.9 million.
Grant recipients are located across Minnesota and represent a variety of livestock sectors. Approved projects include the renovation of milking facilities, repairing fences and constructing new buildings to expand operations and accommodate the next generation of livestock producers.
Nearly 600 applicants requested approximately $11 million in grants, well beyond the $1 million available. “We were impressed by the positive response to this program,” Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson said. “It’s very encouraging to see how much interest farmers have in reinvesting in Minnesota agriculture.”
Here’s a list by county and type of livestock the new investment grant recipients:
Renae D. Saurdiff, Beltrami, beef
Robyn L. Schnobrich, Brown, dairy/beef
Kristine E. Winum, Crow Wing, horses
Luke J. Scherger, Dodge, hogs
Joseph N. Wagner, Douglas, beef
David C. Olsen, Faribault, hogs
Dean C. Schimek, Faribault, dairy
Peter D. Burfeind, Goodhue, dairy
Timothy J. Hinrichs, Goodhue, dairy
Douglas C. Heintz, Houston, dairy
Curtney, Chad, Carl Carlson, Kandiyohi, dairy
Brian H. Punt, Kandiyohi, hogs
Perry G. Miller and Jill M. Bisek, Mahnomen, dairy
Garrett S. Luthens, McLeod, dairy
Gregory A. Jans, Meeker, dairy
Andrew G. Nelson, Meeker, hogs
Lance C. Nelson, Meeker, dairy
Donald K. Schiefelbein, Meeker, beef
Cory A. Minion, Morrison, goats and dairy
Christine K. Sukalski, Mower, dairy
Jeff Barber, Tim Meyer, Nobles, turkeys
Steven D. Dykstra, Nobles, dairy
Herickhoff Family Farms, Pope, hogs
Aaron Lass, Rock, sheep
Triple L Pork (George Lass), Rock, hogs
Joshua G. Altendahl, Stearns, dairy
Glen J. Frericks, Stearns, dairy
David R. Goebel, Stearns, dairy
Gerard J. Jennissen, Stearns, dairy and beef
Jeron L. Nathe, Stearns, dairy
Thomas C. Peterson, Stearns, dairy
John R. Wasner, Stearns, dairy
Braxton A. Deml, Steele, hogs
Matthew T. Holland, Steele, hogs
Michael B. O’Leary, Swift, hogs
Roger K. Rinde, Todd, dairy
Patricia K. Lee, Wadena, dairy
James M. Timm, Yellow Medicine, dairy