Funds available through new program to improve safety on Minnesota farms

FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo, a farmer is silhouetted by the setting sun as a field is planted near Walford, Iowa. Photo: Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, File. FILE - In this April 20, 2020, file photo, a farmer is silhouetted by the setting sun as a field is planted near Walford, Iowa.

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Updated: August 24, 2020 05:38 PM
Created: August 24, 2020 04:26 PM

Starting Monday, Minnesota farmers who want to add safety equipment to their on-farm grain storage facilities can apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) new Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program. 

MDA says the new program reimburses up to 75% of the cost to buy, ship and install eligible safety equipment for on-farm grain bins or silos. The program will pay up to $400 per bin or silo, with a limit of $2,400 per farm per year. The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $50,000 for this new program earlier this year. 

“We’ve seen many tragedies in the recent past around grain bin accidents and I can tell you each one is devastating to a family and a whole community,” Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “We’re thankful to legislators for allowing us to help farmers reduce the cost of reducing risk on the farm.”

Some examples of eligible equipment include fall protection systems, engineering controls that prevent contact with an auger or other moving parts, dust collection systems that minimize explosion hazards, personal protective equipment that increases the likelihood of surviving a grain bin-related emergency, grain silo air quality monitoring equipment and other grain storage facility safety equipment with prior approval from the MDA. 


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