Supporting the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) industry is nothing new to the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence (MSSACE). Since its inception in 2013, the Center has focused on supporting teachers and students, alike.


On November 6, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced a new Farm Business Management Scholarship Program, funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


Nearly $250,000 in scholarships is available for farmers to participate in Farm Business Management programs across the state, including approximately $140,000 in the southern area of the state. The scholarships will cover approximately 75% of the cost of tuition with priority given to farmers engaged in any stage of mediation or bankruptcy between March 2, 2020, and December 30, 2020, as long as there has been COVID-19 stress impact to the farm.