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Permalink New Hampshire ACEP-WRE Restoration Implementation Assistance

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Hampshire is requesting applications to provide implementation of restoration activities on land enrolled in the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Wetlands Reserve Easement (ACEP-WRE). The objective of ACEP-WRE is to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners in planning, designing and implementing wetland and associated upland restoration plans that maximize wildlife habitat in wetland systems, as well as provide water quality improvements, reduced soil erosion, reduced impacts of flooding and provide wildlife habitat opportunities for threatened and endangered species. Cooperative agreements up to a total of $236,667 are available.
Applications are due by July 25, 2016.

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Permalink Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

The overall goal of this program is to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. This program will assist eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities with grants of $1,000 to $200,000 for providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. A total of $8.4 million is available.
Applications are due by July 29, 2016.

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Permalink AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations. Applications may be submitted only by Cooperative Extension Services at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.
Applications are due by August 2, 2016.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area. This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths by improving the safety of the food supply, which will result in reduced impacts on public health and on our economy. In FY 2016, applications are sought in the following priority areas: (1) Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (2) 5-Year Assessment of the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $6 million.
Applications are due August 3, 2016.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative--Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

This Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Challenge Area addresses critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality, and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. Priority funding areas are identified online. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $10.7 million.
Application deadline is August 4, 2016.

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Permalink Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project in Iowa

Iowa agricultural producers who want to increase habitat for Monarch butterflies on their land now have opportunities to receive funding through USDA NRCS for conservation practices that attract Monarchs. A sampling of eligible conservation practices through the project includes brush management, conservation cover, field borders, and prescribed burning.
The application deadline is August 5, 2016.

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Permalink Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3 million in competitive grant funds for the FY 2016 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program, formerly known as the Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant program. Proposals are sought from applicants who will provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20% are encouraged. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers.
Application deadline is August 1, 2016, for electronic submissions; August 5, 2016, for submissions by mail.

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Permalink Leopold Conservation Award in Wisconsin

Sand County Foundation proudly presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplifies the spirit of this emerging land ethic--an individual or a family who translates their deep abiding love for the land into responsible stewardship and management. The Leopold Conservation Award recipient receives an Aldo Leopold crystal and $10,000. If you, or someone you know, is a Wisconsin landowner who is committed to land management practices that increase conservation, apply online.
Application deadline is August 5, 2016.

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Permalink Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant

USDA is seeking applications for grants to provide assistance to socially disadvantaged business groups in rural areas through the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program. USDA provides grants to local cooperatives and other organizations that provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Recipients eligible for these grants include groups of cooperatives, individual cooperatives and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups. USDA is making $3 million in grants available. The maximum award a recipient may receive is $175,000. Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016, or electronically by August 1, 2016.

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Permalink Rural Energy Savings Program

USDA's Rural Energy Savings Program will provide loans to rural energy providers who in turn fund projects for consumers to make energy efficiency improvements in their homes or businesses that will lower their energy use. Eligible applicants include current and former Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers, subsidiaries of current or former RUS borrowers, and entities that provide retail electric service in rural areas. RESP borrowers finance loans at zero percent interest for up to 20 years, and energy customers then repay the loans at an interest rate of up to 3% for up to 10 years through their electric bills.
A letter of intent is due by August 5, 2016.

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Permalink California State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). An estimated $18 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. Agricultural operations can apply for funding of up to $200,000 per project for irrigation projects that provide quantifiable water savings and greenhouse gas reductions.
Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016.

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Permalink National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Grants

Proposals are now being accepted for mini-grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety plans to award three grants. Priority will be given to projects that identify and/or address emerging trends in agriculture that may pose risks to children, such as drones, robotics, community-based agriculture, urban agriculture and agritourism; address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping young children out of the farm worksite; and address vulnerable populations, such as immigrant workers' children, Anabaptists, African Americans, and Native Americans.
Application deadline is August 17, 2016.

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Permalink Farm Bill Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment. Under Section 10007, APHIS provides funding to strengthen the nation's infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, while working to safeguard the nursery production system. APHIS is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs. There will be $62.5 million available in FY17 with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network.
APHIS will accept suggestions from July 11, 2016, through August 19, 2016.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Approximately $130 million is available.
Application deadlines vary by program area: Agriculture Systems and Technology is July 13, 2016, Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment is July 21, 2016, and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities range from July 14 - August 31, 2016.

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Permalink Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation Agricultural Development and Young Farmer Grants

The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation serves 22 counties in southern Ohio by providing educational assistance, agricultural, and economic development grants. Agricultural Development and Young Farmer matching cost-share grants are available, up to $25,000. Eligible applicants for the Young Farmer grants must be between 20 and 38 years old as of August 1, must have a current Farm Service Number, and must reside within the 22 counties the Foundation currently serves. Funds can cover eligible goods and equipment or livestock purchases.
Applications will be accepted August 1-31, 2016.

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Permalink Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating a competitive Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program cost-share for States and tribes, for two purposes: 1) prevention--grant dollars to assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, nonlethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves; and 2) compensation--grant dollars to reimburse livestock producers for livestock losses due to such predation. Funds will be expended equally between the two purposes. Grant amounts will be contingent upon the quality and number of proposals received.
Applications are due by August 31, 2016.

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Permalink AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. A total of $8.4 million is available. Program areas are 1) Climate and Land Use and 2) Climate Masters Outreach and Extension.
A letter of intent to apply is due by September 14, 2016.

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Permalink Leopold Conservation Award in North Dakota

Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, is proud to announce the launch of the Leopold Conservation Award Program in North Dakota. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. The award will be presented for the first time to a North Dakota farmer, rancher, or other private landowner who exemplifies voluntary, responsible stewardship and management of natural resources. Recipients of the award receive $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold.
Applications for the award must be postmarked by September 15, 2016.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

This program supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by expanding markets. Individuals (farmers) or businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and local government entities may apply for grants from $1,000 to $150,000 for equipment purchases or physical improvements. Up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed by the grant award. Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $1 million per funding round.
The application period is open until September 27, 2016.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

USDA invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications up to $100,000 to this program. Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to apply. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas.
Applications must be received by October 6, 2016.

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Permalink Kansas Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A five-year partnership agreement between NRCS and the Kansas Forest Service provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance, to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality. With additional financial assistance from Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy groups, a landowner would only need to cover 10% of the total conservation project cost. Assistance is available for landowners in targeted watersheds.
Applications will be taken until funding is exhausted, and the project will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program

Western SARE is accepting proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) competitive grants for 2017. PDP grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000.
Proposals are due by November 2, 2016.

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Permalink Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $500,000 in funding through the Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program. Public or private schools or school districts, child care providers, economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, and educational service cooperatives can apply for planning grants up to $30,000. Grants can cover up to 75% of total project cost. Equipment Purchases and Physical Improvement Grants are also available, and will cover 50% of total project cost, up to $50,000. The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has committed up to $125,000 to help schools and child care providers meet the requirement for matching funds for equipment or physical improvement projects.
Proposals must be received by November 2, 2016.

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Permalink Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education Micro Grants

The Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) is calling for micro grant proposals pertaining to organic research and/or education. Micro grant awards range up to $1,500. Projects must pertain to organic research and/or education and be of benefit to OCIA certified members.
Proposals are reviewed each March 15 and November 15, but may be submitted year round.

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Permalink Walker River Agricultural Economic Diversification Project Competitive Grant

In collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is working with local farmers and ranchers to reduce and make efficient use of water in the Walker, Truckee, and Carson Basin valleys while supporting local agriculture through partnerships, demonstration projects, and community involvement. This project works on a regional level to develop water-efficient, signature Nevada crops; provide training and support to producers; develop reliable wholesale and retail markets and distribution networks; and to promote and increase awareness of Nevada agriculture and its economic and health benefits. To help achieve these goals in the Walker River basin, a competitive grant process will award $1,000 - $7,500 for producer projects that enhance the goals of the main project.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Awards will be made quarterly.

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Permalink Grazing and Pasture Education Grants

The Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition (PA GLC) is accepting applications for the organization's ongoing educational mini-grants program. The grants are offered to organizations and producer associations that provide grazing-focused education and trainings throughout the Commonwealth. Special interest topics for this year's program include Pasture Soil Health, Strategies to Extend or Enhance Grazing Systems, Grass Fed Meats/Products, Wildlife Benefits from Grazing as well as Pasture Nutrient Management. There are several funding levels for the program, ranging from $200 to $1,000.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is no deadline.

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Permalink New Jersey Audubon Small Grants for Natural Resource Conservation on Farms

New Jersey Audubon has created a small grants program focusing on soil and water conservation within four areas in southern New Jersey. Farmers and producers of the Greater Hammonton area, Maurice and Upper Cohansey Rivers, Upper Salem River area, and the western Cape May Peninsula are eligible to receive funding for projects addressing resource concerns on their property, such as irrigation system updates, riparian buffers, grassed waterways, cover crops, and more. Funding is available through 2017, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants.

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