Agricultural Resources

Greater Minnesota, a 60-county area, comprises the majority of CEDA’s service territory in over 35 cities, counties, and rural cooperatives. As a 34-year-old 501(c)(3) organization specializing in small business assistance and economic development in rural communities, CEDA has identified the need to retain agribusinesses and support entrepreneur farmers and value-added producers. In recognition that agribusinesses drive local-to-global economies, CEDA strives to connect farmers with their regional assets.

Harvest Entrepreneur Network (HEN)

Entrepreneurs in rural Minnesota are invited to apply to join the Harvest Entrepreneur Network (HEN), a new program led by Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA). Through HEN, CEDA’s professional staff will 1) provide free, individualized coaching to a cohort of rural entrepreneurs, and 2) develop a series of workshops aimed to educate, connect, and support businesses in greater Minnesota.

Applications are now open for eligible entrepreneurs to join the network (click here to access). All are welcome to apply, and applications are strongly encouraged from entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector and traditionally-underserved populations (including women and nonbinary individuals, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities). Applications will be reviewed on a biweekly basis through the March 6, 2020 deadline.

The HEN cohort program aims to help approximately 40 entrepreneurs with topics such as financial management, marketing, succession planning, connection to local resources and professionals, and grant writing assistance. This one-on-one coaching will be a mix of in-person and digital meetings, tailored to the needs of the entrepreneur. In addition to the free business assistance, CEDA’s experienced rural business development staff will also create in-person and virtual spaces for the entrepreneur cohort to connect with one another, build community, and share knowledge.

HEN will also feature a free series of seven interactive workshops to take place in rural communities throughout the state; the workshops will also be accessible online. These workshops, which are independent of the HEN cohort program, will be open to professionals of all sectors to help foster a strong entrepreneur ecosystem around the state and combat the isolation felt by many entrepreneurs in rural areas. Workshops will be posted online as soon as details are finalized.

To learn more about HEN, or to receive a paper copy of the application, please contact Robert Harris at [email protected] or 773-220-6673. This program is made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


Houston County Farming Initiative

The Houston County Economic Development Authority is collaborating with the University of Minnesota Extension and with Workforce Development Inc. to help local farmers looking to try something new on or off their farms. For more information, please visit or contact Houston County EDA Director and CEDA Small Cities Development Program Specialist, Allison Wagner, at [email protected] or (507) 458-2492.


Publicly Owned Farmable Land Inventory

The Publicly Owned Farmable Land Inventory is a tool meant to be a freely accessible database of land owned by governmental entities within the State of Minnesota that emerging farmers can inquire about. We strongly encourage emerging farmers work with resource partners, many of whom are identified in the Resources Inventory, when inquiring and starting a farm.

We will be continually updating the Land and Resource Inventories, but some information may be outdated or inaccurate.  In this event, please contact Marty Walsh at [email protected] with a brief description of the suggested correction.

If you would like to recommend the addition of land, please send a completed Farmable Publicly Owned Vacant Land Form to Marty Walsh at [email protected]

For emerging farmers seeking to negotiate a land purchase or lease, we have provided a Publicly Owned Land Negotiation Check List. While the list is not exhaustive, it may serve as a general guide to common topics to consider when seeking to negotiate terms on land owned by governmental entities. We recommend this be paired with working alongside a resource partner.

The Publicly Owned Farmable Land Inventory has been made possible by Compeer Financial and AgriBank.

Farmable Publicly Owned Vacant Land Form (Word)

Farmable Publicly Owned Vacant Land Form (PDF)

Land Inventory 12.16.2016 (PDF)

Land Inventory 12.16.2016 (Excel)

Exemption Codes PRISM DoR Data_9.2017

Exemption Codes PRISM DoR Data_9.2017 (PDF)

Exempt Ag Land PRISM DoR Data_9.2017

Exempt Ag Land PRISM DoR Data_9.2017 (PDF)

Publicly Owned Land Negotiation Checklist Revised (Word)

Publicly Owned Land Negotiation Checklist Revised (PDF)

Resources Inventory June 2016 (PDF)

Resources Inventory June 2016 (Excel)