COVID-19

in Houston County, Minn.

The Houston County EDA is preparing to provide as much support as possible to our businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant

The Houston County Board of Commissioners have allocated $1,130,000 of County CARES Act funds to disburse to small businesses in the form of an economic support grant to partially reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures. This program is currently being created, and details will be available here  in the COVID-19 section of the website as they become available.

The launch date and application instructions will be announced on the website once the grant program is finalized.

More details coming soon! 

Additional Resources:

Coming Soon

Looking for assistance options related to COVID-19? We welcome all inquiries!
For more information, please contact EDA Director Allison Wagner at eda@co.houston.mn.us or (507) 725-5836.


Local ag business spotlights

A selection of agrictultural businesses and farmers in Houston County.

Heintz Badger Valley Farm,
Caledonia

Dairy farmer Doug Heintz manages over 400 acres of cropland, 170 dairy cows, and three robotic milkers.

Welke Family Farm,
Hokah

Jerry and Cindy Welke of Hokah were named 2015 Outstanding Conservationists of the Year. 

Sno Pac Foods,
Caledonia

Long-standing organic frozen food company farms 3,000 acres locally, and contracts over 1,500 more.

Hendel Farms,
Caledonia

Matt Hendel of Hendel Farms near Caledonia is a third generation dairy farmer.


Exploring Non-traditional Ag Options

A few local ag businesses are exploring ways to diversify, expand, or transition their businesses and farms to more sustainable models.

Hoch Orchards,
La Crescent

In 2016, Hoch Orchards received a $15K state grant to integrate animals into its orchard system.

Nettle Valley Farm,
Spring Grove

Nettle Valley Farm raises pastured pigs, and has begun an Incubator Farm Program.

Rockfilter Distillery,
Spring Grove

Looking to cure the solitude of farming life, Christian Myrah began distilling his crops into whiskey.

Sweet 16 Farm,
Houston

Local farm explores agro-tourism business options: hop yard and flowers.

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