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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 Wisconsin Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting proposals for the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. A federal grant program offered by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty-crop producer associations and groups, state government agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder organizations are eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states.
Proposals are due by September 25, 2017.

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Permalink New York Farmers Market Managers Conference Scholarship

The 2017 Farmers Market Managers Conference, "Creating Customer Friendly Markets", is focused on helping markets rebuild their position in their local food system. The Farmers Market Federation of NY will offer scholarships that cover registration for all three days of the event, November 7-9, 2017, in Binghamton, New York. Preference will be given to less-experienced managers, small and/or emerging markets, and applicants who have not previously attended a conference.
Applications are due by September 25, 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 California Pest Management Research Grant

Research grants develop practices that contribute to an integrated pest management (IPM) system to reduce use of high-risk pesticides and their unanticipated impacts on public health and the environment. Projects must address issues pertinent to high-risk pesticide use in California and all field work must be conducted in California, or under California-like conditions. This year, the Pest Management Research Grant Program will allocate $1,100,000 to fund projects that develop IPM to reduce risks associated with high-risk pesticides. DPR will consider proposals requesting $50,000 to $500,000.
Concepts are due by September 29, 2017.

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Permalink North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative

The North Carolina Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production. These grants are designed to focus on projects that boost energy production from North Carolina agricultural and forestry products, offer new opportunities for agribusiness development, and support cooperative research for bioenergy production. Projects can focus on production and harvesting methods and plant variety work. Individual applications should not exceed $150,000 in direct funding from the grant program.
The deadline to submit proposals is September 29, 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 Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Mississippi

The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help Mississippi producers, farmers, and ranchers implement conservation practices. EQIP provides financial assistance for a variety of conservation programs, which include irrigation water management, tree/shrub planting, field buffers, rotational grazing systems, and erosion-control practices.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; the signup deadline for the first ranking period is October 1, 2017.

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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 Organic Agriculture Soil Health Research Special Session Scholarship

Organic Farming Research Foundation is offering an opportunity to apply for a $300 scholarship to attend the Organic Agriculture Soil Health Research special session at this year's meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The meeting is being held October 22-25, 2017 in Tampa, Florida, with the Special Session Symposium, Organic Agriculture Soil Health Research in the morning of October 25, 2017. Students, farmers, and researchers who would like to apply for a scholarship should submit a letter of interest. Scholarships will be awarded based on the need and merit of the applicant. The scholarship funds may be used towards symposium registration, travel and/or one night of lodging.
Applications are due by 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 North Dakota Grape and Wine Industry Research

North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting research proposals that support or promote the grape, wine, and fruit industry in North Dakota. The North Dakota Grape and Wine Advisory Committee advises the North Dakota Department of Agriculture on the distribution of $76,100 allocated for industry research and promotion each biennium. Grant criteria include effectiveness at enhancing the competitiveness of the industry, measurable outcomes, and matching funds.
Proposals must be submitted by October 13, 2017.

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Permalink EQIP in Idaho

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho has announced the application cutoff for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in subsequent or special funding cycles. EQIP helps agricultural producers complete resource conservation projects and make conservation-related management changes on their farms or ranches.
Applications received by October 13, 2017, will be considered for funding this fiscal year.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Partnership Grants

Northeast SARE Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers--extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community--who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators. The overriding goal of the Partnership program is to uncover knowledge that farmers can use, to encourage the understanding and widespread use of sustainable techniques, and to strengthen partnerships between farmers and service providers. Partnership Grants are capped at $15,000.
The application deadline is October 17, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting applications for the Research and Education (R&E) program. The R&E program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. It provides funds to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers/ranchers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture through research projects or education/demonstration projects. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about nine to 10 projects in the 12-state North Central Region.
Preproposals are due October 19, 2017.

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Permalink EQIP in Wisconsin

USDA-NRCS in Wisconsin is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for 2018. EQIP is the primary program available to farmers for farm and woodland conservation work, offering payments for more than 110 basic conservation practices. Special sign-up opportunities are also open for On-Farm Energy, Organic, Specialty Crops, and Seasonal High Tunnel conservation practices, as well as a number of landscape-based initiatives.
The cutoff date for consideration for 2018 funding is October 20, 2017.

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Permalink EQIP in South Dakota

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the date by which an operator or landowner must sign an application at their local NRCS office for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding consideration under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers voluntary implement conservation practices to improve natural resources on working agricultural lands. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development.
The batching date for applications is October 20, 2017.

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Permalink Northern NY Agricultural Development Program Small Grants

The Northern NY Agricultural Development Program small grants program for 2017-2018 will support projects that focus on research, education, and technical assistance in support of the agricultural production sectors in the six-county NNY Region (Lewis, Jefferson, St.Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties). Eligible projects must focus their activities at the Cornell E.V. Baker Research Farm in Willsboro, the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, other agriculture research farm facilities and/or other operating farms across the NNY region. Each project must contain research as well as education and/or technical assistance components.
Proposals must be submitted on or before October 23, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-Sare Partnership Grant Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Individual grants are limited to $30,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 10 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
Proposals must be submitted online by October 26, 2017.

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Permalink GrassWorks Grazing Conference Scholarship

GrassWorks is offering 10 scholarships to attend the GrassWorks Grazing Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, January 30 - February 1, 2018. The event will educate, inspire, and motivate new organic farmers to learn about managed grazing, holistic grazing, and grass and how it all works together for the organic farmer.
Applications are due by October 31, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Livestock Water Supply Program

North Dakota State Water Commission has reactivated the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program. Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties (listed online) may qualify for up to $3,500 in cost-share assistance, for up to three projects, on the following items: new water wells; new rural water system connections; new pipeline extensions, pasture taps, and associated works; and labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

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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 NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant

NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the 12-state 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. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.
Proposals are due by November 2, 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 Montana Growth Through Agriculture

Growth Through Agriculture is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Projects should primarily add value to Montana's agricultural products and have the potential to create and/or retain jobs in Montana. Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs. A $1 for $1 match is required for all proposals.
Applications are due by November 15, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants through its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) program. MDA will award up to $400,000 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota-grown and -raised foods through planning and feasibility studies or equipment purchases and physical improvements.
Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE Producer Grants

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting proposals for Producer Grants from farmers and ranchers in 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.
Proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Missouri

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2018 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Missouri. EQIP allows farmers, ranchers, forestland managers, and landowners to conserve natural resources by making available financial assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, and related resources. Applications for several initiatives are included in this cut-off date: On-Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel, Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project, Organic, Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds, and National Water Quality. In addition, assistance through nine Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects will also be available.
Applications must be filed by November 17, 2017, to be eligible for the next round of funding.

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Permalink EQIP and ACEP in South Carolina

USDA NRCS is accepting applications from South Carolina farmers, ranchers and private landowners for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for fiscal year 2018 funding. EQIP and ACEP are voluntary conservation programs that provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and landowners. EQIP funding allows eligible producers to plan and implement conservation practices on private land that provide solutions to natural resource concerns, such as reduced soil erosion, improved soil health and water quality, and protection of wildlife habitat. Examples of conservation practices include rotational grazing systems, cover crops, manure management facilities and water irrigation systems. ACEP helps protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat by encouraging private landowners to limit future development and maintain land for farming and ranching. There are two programs available under ACEP: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).
The application deadline for 2018 funding is November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting proposals from agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are eligible to apply. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000.
The proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2017.

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