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The Minnesota Project Awarded Otto Bremer Grant to Keep Family Dairy Farms Alive

November 3, 2011

Multigenerational Minnesotan dairymen are faced with closing their barn doors entirely or continuing their family traditions despite lowered revenues and increased operating costs. In response to economic difficulties faced by Minnesota’s dairy farms in two years, The Minnesota Project was awarded funding from the Otto Bremer Foundation to provide dairymen and electric cooperatives with the resources they need to make dairy operations more sustainable and cost effective as the future promises increased input costs and competition.

In accordance with the Otto Bremer Foundation’s mission of assisting people to achieve full economic, civic and social participation for the betterment of their communities, The Minnesota Project will work to increase awareness and encourage farm improvements that lead to lower energy costs and higher profits. In collaboration with Clean Energy Ambassadors, of Billings, Montana, The Minnesota Project will implement strong farm oriented energy efficiency programs; focusing on education, action, and evaluation plans.

The Otto Bremer Foundation funds and The Minnesota Project’s efforts allow farms and cooperatives to better utilize their resources and effectively expand with the growing demands placed on farmers today. By controlling energy costs, farmers can reinvest resources in their families and operations. These efforts will help ensure healthy and vibrant communities in the future.

If you’d like to be part of our initiatives in providing more sustainable and equitable tomorrows for dairy farmers support The Minnesota Project on Give to the Max Day on Nov. 16!

Photo credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1282413

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Josh Grinolds permalink
    November 3, 2011 7:56 pm

    Congratulations! Minnesota farmers need all the support they can get.

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