Emergency Grain Storage Facility Assistance Program (EGSFP)
Many Minnesota grain producers experienced weather disaster events from December 1, 2021 to August 1, 2022 that may make them eligible for disaster financial assistance through the Emergency Grain Storage Facility Assistance Program (EGSFP). This program provides cost-share assistance to grain producers or local commercial grain facilities to construct storage facilities to meet on-farm grain storage capacity and handling needs necessary to support the marketing of grain.
Many counties in western Minnesota and South Dakota were impacted by severe weather and are eligible. There is $20 million of disaster financial assistance available and applications must be received by December 29, 2023 to be considered. Producers in eligible counties may qualify for EGSFP assistance for on-farm grain storage, purchased or built, and drying and handling equipment purchased through this program. Possible eligible items could be grain bins, cement pads, ag baggers, bunkers and more.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grant funds for investments in renewable energy systems and to make energy-efficiency improvements at farms, ag operations or rural small businesses. Due to the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, an additional $1 billion in grant funds were added with over $1 million earmarked for Minnesota producers.
REAP applications are due in quarterly application cycles, with the next one due June 1, 2023.