Necessity is the Mother of all Good Inventions
Some of the best inventions that I have seen have been ones that farmers have come up with to address a way to make their farming easier or to try new ideas.
The MN Dept of Agriculture offers the Sustainable agriculture grant that looks at ideas from farmers that could benefit others. These ideas often times have a risk to the implementation and the grant is designed to help offset these risks and then share the findings with others. I have worked with many of these projects and enjoy having the opportunity to share the information with others to help many benefits and further the development process. If you have further questions after reading the website please contact me.
There are several other grant options such as value-added grants for agriculture products, meat processing, and many others if you have an interest as well. Please check out their website at