COVID-19

in Houston County, Minn.

Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant now accepting applications! 


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 (50 or fewer employees and $5m or less in annual revenue) in the form of an economic support grant. La Crescent township will also be allocating funds towards this program. 

126 applications were received in the first round of grant applications, and funds still remain! The grant program has now been broadened to include more businesses. Eligible Houston County businesses include registered or licensed state businesses in good standing, non-profits with a physical brick and mortar building and at least one paid employee, and sole proprietors who can provide a schedule C tax return.

To be eligible for grant funds businesses must provide one of the following with their grant application: proof that the business is a state registered business and in good standing, proof of a state license for the business, proof of non-profit status, or schedule C tax form (for sole proprietors). 

Please read through the entire Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant Application and Program Description by clicking the link below before applying. Before filling out the application below you must download it and save it as the name of your business. 

Houston County CARES Business Relief Grant Application and Program Description 

Questions should be directed to Houston County EDA Director, Allison Wagner by e-mailing EDA@co.houston.mn.us or calling 507-725-5836.

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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