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Minnesota DBIA State Collaborators - Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Economic Development Financing and Resources

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota State Small Business Administration (SBA) Office

SBA 504 Certified Development Corporations (CDCs)

Exporting Dairy Product Resources

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

  • Contact: Jeffrey Phillips, International Trade Manager, 651-201-6220
  • Technical services: transportation/logistics, calculating export prices, commercial documentation, calculating duties and taxes, market research, potential importers, distributors, manufacturers, how-to seminars
  • Market promotion: virtual trade missions, virtual buyer missions
  • Export development cost reimbursement: branded program – 50% reimbursement on export development and promotion costs, up to $300,000 in reimbursements/year ($350,000 for cooperatives)
Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory Resources

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Minnesota State Statutes

Marketing, Branding, Farmer Relations Resources

Midwest Dairy

Minnesota Department of Agriculture - Food Business Development

Product Development Resources

Grow North (University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management)

University of Minnesota, Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center

  • Pilot Plant - food processing facility, Grade B dairy facility, cheese, process cheese, butter and ice cream manufacturing, pilot scale membrane processing, spray drying and agglomeration, UHT processing for liquid product research
  • Application Support - Sonia Patel
  • Sensory Center - Christine VanDongen

Agricultural Innovation from Idea to Reality (AURI)

USDA Rural Development – Minnesota State Office

Workforce Agency - Minnesota Employment and Economic Development