The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the new Grain Bin Safety Cost Share Program. It will reimburse up to 75 percent of the cost up to $400 per bin or silo to buy, ship and install safety equipment on grain bins and silos too. There is a limit of $2400 per year per farm. The funds are awarded on a first come first serve basis until the funds  are all allocated.

"We've seen many tragedies in the recent past around grain bin accidents and I can tell you each is devastating to a family and a whole community," Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson said I  a news release announcing the Grain Bin Safety Cost Share Program.

Here are some examples of safety equipment that qualifies for the Safety Cost Share Program include: fall protection systems, engineering controls that prevent contact with an auger or other moving parts, dust collection systems, personal protection equipment, air quality monitors and other equipment that is approved by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.