Transitioning to organic farming can present financial uncertainty for farmers, but a special program is available in Minnesota to help them accomplish their goals.
The “Tools for Transition” program, led by the University of Minnesota (UMN), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and other partners, provides scholarships covering up to 90 percent of farm business management tuition to qualifying farmers.
Now in its second year, Tools for Transition is aimed at helping farmers better understand the cost and process of transitioning to organic.
Minnesota field crop or dairy farmers who have any acres in transition or who have been certified fewer than three years are eligible to apply, and the program’s leaders are eager to enroll more farmers this year.
To learn more about the scholarships, call administrator Meg Moynihan, at 651-201-6616.