Crookston’s Fred Parnow is on this year’s grant committee

    The Small Grains Institute Committee is comprised of 10 members from the farm community, industry and extension.

    The two-day event focus is on educational programs featuring leading edge topics and a farm equipment show held each February at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    Since its inception in 1990, the SGI’s mission has been to help educate and provide information to the small grain growers in our region.

    The continued growth and success of the International Crop Expo has allowed the SGI to establish a fund that will provide financial support for programs and/or meetings that coincide with that mission.

    A grant committee has been formed to help this process along.  Serving on the grant committee for this current year are: Fred Parnow, Crookston; Joel Ransom; Fargo, Don Yutrzenka; Argyle , Greg Radke; Maple Lake and Lorri Ann Hartel; Red Lake Falls.  

    The Small Grains Institute Committee announces that they distributed grants to the following recipients in 2018:

    • North Dakota Grain Growers Association, $500

    • North Dakota Barley Council, $500

    • Organic Crop Improvement Assocation Minnesota #1, $500

    • Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, $1,000

    • Minnesota Barley Growers Association, $1,000

    • Minnesota/North Dakota Agri-Women, $1,000

    The committee also announces that scholarships have been awarded to an Ag student with the University of Minnesota – Crookston and North Dakota State University for $1,000 each.  This program was established with the two Universities in 2014.

    The 2019 grant application deadline will be Friday, December 3, 2018.  

    If you know of any group who would be eligible and would like to apply – contact Lorri Ann Hartel @ 218-253-4391 or 218-686-6144 or email @