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Permalink Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3 million in competitive grant funds for the FY 2017 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, Cooperative Development Centers, and Native American tribal governments. For this grant, technical assistance consists of an advisory service performed for the purpose of assisting Cooperatives or groups that want to form Cooperatives such as market research, product and/or service improvement, legal advice and assistance, Feasibility Study, business planning, marketing plan development, and training.
Electronic applications are due July 25, 2017. Paper applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2017.

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Permalink Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program for Region 10

The EPA Region 10 Pollution Prevention Program has announced a grant competition for Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) awards. EPA Region 10 anticipates awarding approximately $95,000 in federal grant funding to support SRA agreements. The Region is interested in receiving proposals that offer practical pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction tools, approaches, or actions to measurably improve the environmental footprints of businesses, municipal
governments, and/or local communities. Projects must provide P2 benefits and services in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and/or on Tribal Lands in these four states. Projects must address at least one of the emphasis areas: 1) Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation, 2) Food Manufacturing and Processing and/or 3) State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction.
Proposals are due by July 26, 2017.

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Permalink Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking applications for funding under the new Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program​, which is dedicated to restoring and sustaining healthy forests, rivers, and streams for native bird and freshwater fish populations. Grants will be awarded in two categories: habitat restoration and focal geography. Up to $1.3 million is available this year for grants in the Appalachian region of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Applications are due July 27, 2017.

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Permalink Drought Funding in Alabama

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing funding to assist landowners impacted by last year's extreme drought in Alabama. Funding will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will address fencing, water troughs, pasture, hay land re-establishment, wells, and prescribed grazing. Alabama landowners living in counties identified as high priority will be assigned the highest priority for financial assistance because they were impacted the most by the drought.
Apply by July 28, 2017.

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Permalink Iowa Water Quality Practices Cost Share

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced that the 2017 sign-up period is open for statewide cost-share funds to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices. The cost-share rate for farmers planting cover crops is $25 per acre ($15 per acre for past cover crop users) and for farmers trying no-till or strip till is $10 per acre. Farmers using a nitrapyrin nitrification inhibitor when applying fall fertilizer can receive $3 per acre. Farmers are only eligible for cost share on up to 160 acres.
Funds will be made available in July, but farmers can immediately start submitting applications.

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Permalink High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Pilot Grants

The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) offers grants up to $25,000 to support projects in agricultural health and safety research. The HICAHS Pilot Grants program funds innovative research projects that promote worker health and safety in the agriculture, forestry, or fishing industries. Extra consideration is given to projects that directly impact the HICAHS region, which includes Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The application deadline is August 1, 2017.

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

USDA has announced the availability of $8.4 million in competitive grants to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal, and Veteran farmers and ranchers through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program. Community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities are eligible to apply for one-year grants up to $200,000. The 2501 Program provides funding to eligible organizations for training and technical assistance projects designed to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating viable agricultural enterprises.
Proposals must be submitted by August 7, 2017.

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Permalink Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Program

Pennsylvania's Wild Resource Conservation Program is soliciting grant applications in the following categories: surveys, research, and conservation and management. Detailed priorities within each of these categories are listed online, and include rare plant recovery plans, grassland bird survey and management, and best management practices for mature and forest interior birds.
Applications are due August 15, 2017.

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Permalink National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Mini-Grant Program

The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is accepting proposals for mini-grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Highest priority will be given to projects that address the following: persistent patterns of childhood injury in agriculture (e.g., extra riders, children and skid steers); issues pertaining to barriers, motivators, and interventions for keeping young children out of the farm worksite; vulnerable populations, such as immigrant workers' children, Anabaptists, African Americans, and Native Americans.
Application deadline is August 16, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota EQIP Funding

Minnesota agricultural producers who are interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply to USDA NRCS by August 18, 2017, for funding in 2018. Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, NRCS establishes application acceptance or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. Contracts will be awarded to producers with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted. EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
Applications for 2018 funds are due by August 18, 2017.

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Permalink Montana Specialty Crop Mini-Grants

The Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Food & Ag Development Centers, and the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition are offering mini-grants across Montana to support beginning specialty crop producers and others to expand specialty crops across Montana. Beginning farmers may apply for grants from $1,000 to $5,000. Other types of applicants may be eligible on a case-by-case basis (e.g. experienced farmers new to cultivating specialty crops, agricultural and food co-ops, schools, nonprofits, etc.). Grant funds can be used for supplies, consultant costs, and salaries and equipment solely related to specialty crops.
This project is currently funded through August 2019.

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Permalink Land for Maine's Future

The Land for Maine's Future program acquires land from willing sellers to conserve it in its undeveloped state, providing public recreational water access, working waterfront protection, and continuing productive farms and farmlands. The Program works to coordinate and finance acquisition of lands. Through the use of matching funds, the program encourages partnerships with local, regional, statewide, and federal conservation organizations. A proposal is expected to have a match greater than or equal to 50% of the total eligible project costs.
Proposal deadline is September 1, 2017. Potential applicants must contact the respective sponsoring state agency by July 7, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications up to $1 million total in Value Added Grants. The Value Added Grant program seeks to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets and increasing market access and food safety of value-added products. New or established for-profit businesses may apply for funding to purchase equipment or make physical improvements. Applications that have a meat-processing or marketing component, or address a food safety plan, will receive priority. Grant funds reimburse up to 25% of the total project cost with a maximum award of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000. Equipment purchases and facility improvements are eligible.
Applications must be received by September 20, 2017.

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Permalink New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program

New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced the availability of up to $200,000 in grants for Great Lakes resilience projects. Up to $25,000 per project is available. Eligible projects must use a complete ecosystem-based approach rather than a single issue or single species focus, incorporate stakeholder participation, and address key priorities in the New York Great Lakes Action Agenda to enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management. Stated goals include conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats to achieve and sustain resilient ecosystems and vibrant economies. Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply.
Proposals must be submitted by September 22, 2017.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requests applications for the fiscal year 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. AMS will competitively award funds to State departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional- or national-level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Approximately $7 million may be available to fund applications under this solicitation.
Applications must be submitted to participating State departments of agriculture by September 25, 2017.

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Permalink FACT Workshop Scholarships for Livestock & Poultry Farmers

FACT will award scholarships of up to $100 to livestock and poultry farmers to cover the cost of farm tours, field days, workshops, conferences, or any other training related to humane farming techniques. Any workshop, field day, conference, or training in the continental United States that covers humane animal husbandry practices is eligible. You will be asked to provide the name, date, location, and website of the workshop on the application form. FACT staff members will review proposed workshops on a case by case basis and approve those deemed eligible. Current livestock and poultry farmers who express an intention to learn about humane animal production practices are eligible.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Permalink Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program

The Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program provides funds in the form of 0% interest loans or grants for the purpose of expanding the state's value added processing sector and to encourage farm diversification. Funds must be used to produce alternative ag products or process and/or market Oklahoma ag products. Farm Diversification Grant projects should deal with the diversification of a family farm, ranch, or agritourism venue to non-traditional crops or livestock, on-farm processing of agricultural commodities, or development of an agritourism venue that will promote access to a new market. Applications are evaluated quarterly.
The next application deadline is October 2, 2017.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Phase I

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). SBIR encourages domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit. Phase I invests in feasibility and proof-of-concept studies of up to $100,000. Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program.
The application deadline is October 5, 2017.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program

Western SARE Professional Development Program (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. Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers, and the public. Funding is capped at $75,000 per project.
Applications are due by November 1, 2017.

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Permalink Western North Carolina Agricultural Options

WNC Agricultural Options is accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. The program helps offset farmers' risk of starting ventures or growing new operations with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agents to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. WNC AgOptions offers grants for farms in the following counties/units of North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
Applications must be received by November 14, 2017.

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Permalink Wisconsin Focus on Energy Agribusiness Incentives

Wisconsin Focus on Energy's financial incentives for Agribusinesses help customers make all aspects of production and operation more energy efficient and cost-effective. Save energy and money with financial incentives available for the tune-up of specific existing equipment or the purchase and installation of new equipment for a variety of agribusinesses, including the following: Aquaculture Facilities, Commercial Agribusiness, Dairy & Livestock Farms, Grain Facilities, Greenhouses, and Irrigation Systems. In 2017, Focus on Energy is offering agricultural customers a bonus for installing more than one technology at the same time in existing buildings. The incentive bonus ranges from $400-$600 and is capped at 50% of the original incentive.

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