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Permalink Michigan Rural Development Fund Grants

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides grant opportunities to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. The grant funds are available for projects that address expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, communications, water and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas. Eligible applicants include individuals, organizations, businesses, educational institutions, Federally recognized tribes, and local units of government.
Proposals are due by November 14, 2018.

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Permalink IPM Partnership Grants

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center has announced the availability of funding through its IPM Partnership Grants Program for three types of projects: IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications. Up to $250,000 in total will be available for 2019—with a maximum of $60,000 per award—to fund projects that foster the development and adoption of integrated pest management methods. The Center is particularly interested in projects that address regional priorities within its five signature programs: 1) IPM and Organic Systems, 2) Rural and Urban IPM, 3) Climate Change and Pests, 4) Next Generation Education, and 5) Advanced Production Systems.
Applications are due by November 15, 2018.

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Permalink Northeastern Heritage Livestock Micro Grant Program

The Livestock Conservancy is offering competitive small grants to heritage breed enterprises in the Northeast. Funds may be used for improvements for farm animals and infrastructure, promotion and marketing, improved production efficiency, or farmer education. Applicants must be residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont and actively working with heritage breeds on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. Suitable expenditures of grant funds include the purchase, production, and marketing of heritage-breed animals and their products, and agri-tourism using heritage breeds. The amount of award can be from $500 to $2,000.
Applications must be received by November 15, 2018.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Youth Educator Grant

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) Youth Educator Grants are competitive grants up to $4,000 for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term.
Proposals are due November 15, 2018.

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Permalink Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program

The four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers (North Central, Northeast, Southern, and Western) request applications for the Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program. Applications are accepted from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs to agricultural producers and their families. The four regional Centers anticipate awarding a total of approximately 60 new grants, up to $50,000 each, from this announcement. Applications must address identified objectives in the categories of production risk, marketing risk, financial risk, legal risk, or human risk.
Applications are due by November 15, 2018.

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Permalink Southern SARE Producer Grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting applications for the 2019 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region. Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project. Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue.
The proposal submission deadline is November 16, 2018.

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Permalink IPM Enhancement Grants

The Southern Region IPM Center is requesting applications through the IPM Enhancement Grants Program for projects that will enhance the development and implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the southern region of the United States. Approximately $180,000 is available. Most projects are limited to $30,000. Eligible applicants include private individuals and institutions, faculty and qualified staff of four-year universities, businesses, commodity organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Projects will be considered regardless of commodity or setting, including but not limited to crops, built environments, natural areas, landscapes, livestock production, wildlife, forest health, and schools.
Applications are due by November 16, 2018.

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Permalink Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program

Maryland Energy Administration will provide grants on a competitive basis to farms/businesses in the state's agriculture sector to cover up to 50% of the cost of eligible energy efficiency upgrades, if applicable, after all other incentives have been applied. In fiscal year 2019, there is up to $175,000 available for eligible energy efficiency measures.​
Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2018.

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Permalink 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program

Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations through the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Eligible crops, trees, bushes, or vines, located in a county declared in a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration or Secretarial Disaster Designation as a primary county are eligible for assistance if the producer suffered a loss as a result of a 2017 hurricane. In addition, agricultural production losses due to conditions caused by 2017 wildfires and hurricanes, including excessive rain, high winds, flooding, mudslides, fire, and heavy smoke, could qualify for assistance through the program. Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or NAP coverage is available, excluding crops intended for grazing. Eligibility will be determined for each producer based on the size of the loss and the level of insurance coverage elected by the producer. Both insured and uninsured producers are eligible to apply for 2017 WHIP. However, all producers receiving 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase crop insurance and/or NAP, at the 60% coverage level or higher, for the next two available crop years to meet statutory requirements. Producers who did not insure their crops in 2017 will receive 65% of the expected value of the crop. Insured producers will receive between 70% and 95% of expected value.
Signup is open until November 16, 2018.

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Permalink Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grants

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting applications for on-farm research grants. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000.
Applications are due by November 16, 2018.

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Permalink Arizona Citrus Research Council

The Arizona Citrus Research Council (ACRC) has established a grant program to assist Arizona citrus producers in identifying solutions to production issues. For this grant cycle, approximately $35,000 is available for the ACRC grants. For this grant solicitation, the ACRC requests that applicants focus proposals in the following five areas: 1. Pest Eradication including insects, weeds, and disease; 2. Citrus production, harvest, and post-harvest techniques; 3. Citrus Varietal Development; 4. Technology Enhancements; or 5. Genetically designed trees to be HLB/ACP resistant.
Applications must be received by November 19, 2018.

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Permalink Farm to School Training and Curricula Grant

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced the availability of funding to develop a training curriculum, conduct trainings of trainers, and evaluate the results of farm to school trainings for producers to build their capacity to launch or expand farm to school efforts. In addition, the selected applicant will conduct a needs assessment among producers in close collaboration with State agencies. FNS expects to fund one or more competitive cooperative agreement award of approximately $1 million to $2 million. This project will prepare State agencies, and perhaps additional entities, with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the developed trainings in their states among agricultural producers (farmers, fishers, or ranchers) on key farm to school topics.
Applications are due by November 26, 2018.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Farmer Grants

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is accepting applications for 2019 Farmer Grants. These grants are intended for farm business owners and managers who would like to explore new sustainable production and marketing practices, often through an experiment, trial, or on-farm demonstration. Farmer Grant projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C. Awards are capped at $15,000 and projects may address the wide range of issues that affect farming in the Northeast.
Applications are due by November 27, 2018.

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Permalink Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants

Western SARE is accepting applications for Farmer/Rancher grants, conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for as much as $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for a maximum of $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and that can be shared with other producers. Only producers operating a for-profit operation are eligible to apply for a Farmer/Rancher Grant.
Applications are due November 28, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Crop Research Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $2 million in competitive grants for applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Minnesota-based organizations with agricultural research capabilities may apply for funding to improve crops grown in the state. The MDA also aims to support research that addresses the crop-production needs of underserved Ag producers. Funding under this round will have a maximum of $250,000 per project.
Applications must be received by November 28, 2018.

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Permalink Food Animal Concerns Trust Fund-a-Farmer Grants

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) provides grants of up to $2,500 to individual farmers ($5,000 for joint applications) for projects that improve the welfare of their farm animals or build capacity of their operations. This year FACT will offer three types of grants: Certification, Capacity, and Pasture. Certification projects help you meet a specific standard for Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership certification. Capacity grants help already-certified farms build their capacity or market animal welfare-certified products. Pasture grants help producers transition to a pasture-based system, improve the quality of pasture, and/or expand animals' access to well-managed pasture.
Applications must be submitted by November 28, 2018.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional + Producer Grants

Western SARE is accepting proposals for Professional + Producer Grants. These one- to three-year grants are similar in concept to the Farmer/Rancher Grants with a few key differences. Instead of a producer serving as the project coordinator, an agricultural professional coordinates the project. A farmer or rancher serves as the project advisor. Applicants can seek up to $50,000 and must have at least five producers involved.
Applications are due November 28, 2018.

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Permalink Western SARE Research to Grass Roots Grants

These grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture. Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $50,000.
Applications are due November 28, 2018.

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Permalink AgEnhancement Grant

Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award AgEnhancement Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help organizations promote awareness and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products in the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. Programs that promote and strengthen the agriculture, forest products, or commercial fishing industries in particular ways are eligible to apply. Applications are considered three times per year.
The next application deadline is December 1, 2018.

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Permalink FoodShot Global Challenge

FoodShot Global, an ecosystem of world-class, mission aligned venture funds, banks, corporate strategic investments, and foundations that make up an integrated capital platform of equity, debt, non-dilutive capital, and industry resources, publishes an annual call for Moonshots focused on a specific challenge. The 2018 challenge is Innovating Soil 3.0. The inaugural FoodShot Challenge aims to identify groundbreaking solutions that will collectively create a new soil operating system — Soil 3.0 — to increase soil organic matter, grow more nutrient-dense food, improve water quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and serve as a foundation for a food system capable of sustaining ten billion people and our planet. Entrepreneurs, researchers, and advocates can submit their business, research, or policy proposals for funding consideration. Best-in-class candidates will be selected to receive equity and debt financing for their businesses. A cash prize will be awarded to Soil GroundBreakers--rising stars working in research, social enterprise, or advocacy.
The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018.

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Permalink Farm to School Grants

USDA Food and Nutrition Service is accepting applications for Farm to School Grants from eligible schools, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of producers, and nonprofit entities. USDA anticipates awarding approximately $7.5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Planning and training grant awards range from $20,000 to $50,000, and implementation grant awards range from $50,000 to $100,000. Grants require a 25% match.
Applications are due by December 4, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced $250,000 in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Urban Agriculture Grant program is available to for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, Native American tribal communities, and local government entities. Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 per project.
Applications are due December 5, 2018.

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Permalink Veteran Scholarships for Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

The University of Arkansas and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer a limited number of scholarships for military veterans to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SAWG) annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. The conference will be held January 23-26, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Fifteen partial scholarships, which will cover the cost of general conference registration, will be awarded. Five full scholarships are also available, which will cover the cost of conference registration, short course and field trip attendance, and lodging at the conference hotel.
The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 5, 2018.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Farmer Rancher Grants

Farmers and ranchers in the 12-state North Central SARE region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($9,000 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($18,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($27,000 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $600,000 is available for this program.
Proposals are due on December 6, 2018.

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Permalink Western IPM Center Grants

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center's annual grant program offers grants in the areas of Project Initiation, Work Groups, Outreach and Implementation, and Planning Documents. The amount available for this program in 2019 is approximately $250,000. Eligible applicants include private individuals and institutions, faculty and qualified staff of two- and four-year universities, businesses, commodity organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. The primary project director must be in the Western Region.
Proposal submission must be completed by December 7, 2018.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Research Initiative

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests pre-applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to address the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. Approximately $80 million is available through this program in FY 2019. Pre-applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.
Applications must be received by December 10, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant

Minnesota's Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. It funds projects that explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems that could make farming more profitable, resource efficient, and personally satisfying. Applications from Minnesota farmers receive priority, but the program also funds Minnesota nonprofits and educational organizations that meaningfully involve Minnesota farmers in projects. Projects must last two to three years and grantees must be willing to share what they learn with others. A total of $250,000 is available this year. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per project, with a 1:1 match required for funding requests of more than $25,000.
Applications are due by December 12, 2018.

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Permalink Cultivating Change

Cultivating Change is a grant program that gives local farms funds to upgrade operations, invest in food safety, implement sustainable technology, and continue doing what they do best: grow. The program is funded by Greener Fields Together's network of fresh produce distributors throughout North America who want to invest in the farms that have been the backbone of their communities for generations. Greener Fields Together local farm partners are automatically eligible to participate in both the popular vote contest and panel review process. Local farms that are not part of Greener Fields Together are able to apply and win via the popular vote contest. The popular vote contest makes $25,000 available, with $10,000 going to the first-place vote-getter and smaller amounts awarded down to sixth place.
Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Livestock Investment Grant

The AGRI Livestock Investment Grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update, and modernize their livestock operation infrastructure and equipment. Minnesota livestock farmers may apply for matching grants to help pay for the purchase, construction, or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock. Grants can cover 10% of the first $250,000 of an eligible investment. For each project, the maximum grant amount available per year is $25,000. There is a lifetime grant maximum of $50,000.
Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

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Permalink New York Conservation Easements on Dairy Farms

New York has announced that $30 million is available statewide to support conservation easement projects on dairy farms. Funding through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program will ensure dairy farms the opportunity to diversify their operations or transition their farm to the next generation at a more affordable cost while ensuring the land forever remains used for agricultural purposes. The state is issuing a Request for Applications for farmland protection grants of up to $2 million from eligible entities, such as land trusts, municipalities, county agricultural and farmland protection boards, and State Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
There is no application deadline.

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