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Permalink New Mexico Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Funding per Specialty Crops project typically ranges from $20,000 to $75,000, but there is no cap. Project length varies from one to three years.
Application deadline is April 20, 2015.

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Permalink Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant

Montana agriculture has $1.3 million in federal grant funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. Montana’s SCBG projects should enhance the competitiveness of Montana specialty crops. Eligible projects include education on the value of specialty crops, improving efficiency of distribution systems, assisting entities in the development of good agricultural practices, pest and disease control, improving variety development, and sustainable production practices. State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.
Proposals are due by April 22, 2015.

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Permalink Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year 2015 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. OREI funds research, education, and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $17.5 million. This year OREI offers a new priority on new curriculum development for organic agriculture with $250,000 total maximum budget for up to 2 years.
Notice of Intent to Submit is requested by April 1, 2015; full applications are due April 30, 2015.

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Permalink Beekman Mortgage Lifter

A portion of profits from Beekman's Mortgage Lifter pasta sauces is donated to help give individual small American farms a "lift." In its second year, Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter Sauces raised $18,147 for small American Farms. On May 12, 2015, Beekman 1802 will divide that total between four small American farms, as one $15,000 "Lift" and three $1,049 "Mini-Lifts." Beekman 1802 is looking to assist small farms who have a viable, future focused, growth-oriented business strategy. In general, the Mortgage Lifter program is open to any agricultural business that fits the USDA definition of a Family Farm and has been in business for three years.
Entries are due by April 30, 2015.

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Permalink Minnesota Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. MDA is seeking proposals spanning up to nearly three years and ranging from $10,000 - $100,000, in anticipation of a federal allocation around $1.2 million. Non-profits, government agencies, universities, and other organizations involved in Minnesota agriculture are encouraged to apply for funding to support new and on-going innovative research.
Proposals are due by April 30, 2015.

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Permalink North Dakota Specialty Crop Grants

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is now accepting applications for 2015 Specialty Crop Grants. Projects that promote the production, processing, and use of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for these grants. Organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2015.

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Permalink Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting proposals to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the state, for consideration for specialty crop block grant funds. Grants of up to $24,000 are available to Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community-based organizations.
Proposals are due by May 1, 2015.

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Permalink New Mexico Agricultural Development and Promotion Funds

New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for New Mexico Agricultural Development and Promotion Funds. Projects must be completed within one year. Funding ranges from $500 to $10,000 for individual applicants and up to $30,000 for groups working on a joint initiative.
Application deadline is May 1, 2015.

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Permalink Indiana Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) to award grants to eligible programs to carry out projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.
Applications are due by May 1, 2015.

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Permalink Southern SARE Sustainable Community Innovation Grant

A special grant call to fund research on local and regional food systems across the Southern region is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program and the Southern Rural Development Center. The grant is open to any individuals, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, governmental organizations and/or educational organizations located in the Southern region. This grant is not to fund the development of individual local and regional food systems, but to fund research defining, evaluating and understanding the impacts of local and regional food systems on sustainable agriculture.
Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

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Permalink Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its 2015 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants. Research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region are eligible for submission. The maximum grant is $11,000 for up to three years work on the student's project. The Southern SARE program will only consider proposals submitted, and to be conducted, by graduate students (Master’s and PhD) enrolled at an accredited college or university in the Southern region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Proposal submission deadline is May 4, 2015.

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Permalink Methyl Bromide Transitions Competitive Grants Program

The methyl bromide transition program addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the scheduled phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities and research foundations they maintain.
Applications are due by May 4, 2015.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Graduate Student Grant

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Graduate Student Grant Program provides funds to students enrolled in graduate programs or in veterinary medicine residence programs at accredited colleges or universities who are exploring some aspect of sustainable agriculture as part of their educational program. In 2015, $150,000 will be available to fund about 15 grant projects. Individual grants are for $10,000 total, and can fund projects lasting up to 36 months. The North Central region includes: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Proposals must be submitted by May 5, 2015.

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Permalink Aetna Foundation GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Aetna Foundation’s Local Roots grant program seeks to fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms, and farmers markets in underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Non-profits may apply for grants of up to $25,000 per year for up to two years. Projects must include nutrition education and job skills training. A total of $1 million will be available.
Applications must be received by May 6, 2015.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant

This grant is for graduate students who are researching topics in sustainable agriculture that will serve the interests of farmers and agricultural service providers. Grants are capped at $15,000 and projects can run up to two years. This grant is open to graduate students enrolled at an accredited college, university, or veterinary school in the Northeast region.
Applications are due May 12, 2015.

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Permalink Western SARE Graduate Student Grants

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting applications for Graduate Student Grants. These grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Projects must include research and education, and they must address issues in sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the western region. Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region are eligible to apply.
Proposals are due May 13, 2015.

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Permalink Mississippi Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Mississippi Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $362,855 in Specialty Crop Block Grant funding. Proposals are encouraged from state and local organizations, academia, producer associations, industry or community-based groups, and other specialty crop organizations. To be eligible for a grant, projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets.
Application deadline is May 13, 2015.

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Permalink Local Food Promotion Program

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is a component of the Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program. LFPP offers grants to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP: planning grants of $5,000 to $25,000 and implementation grants of $25,000 to $100,000. A 25% match is required. Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.
Applications are due May 14, 2015.

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Permalink Farmers Market Promotion Program

Farmers Market Promotion Program offers grants to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Projects may develop, improve, expand, or providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000; the minimum award is $15,000.
The application deadline is May 14, 2015.

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Permalink Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds to state Departments of Agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate state agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. Approximately $1 million in matching funds is available.
Applications are due by May 14, 2015.

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Permalink Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

NRCS is accepting applications from eligible entities, American Indian tribes and private landowners who are seeking to conserve agricultural lands and grasslands and protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands and their related benefits. NRCS is making $332 million in financial and technical assistance available. Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and nonindustrial private forest land. NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners for purchasing Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use and conservation values of eligible land. Eligible partners include Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs.
Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2015, to be considered for fiscal year 2015 ACEP funding.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Iowa

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in Iowa in FY 2015 will be up to $800,000. Proposals for up to $75,000 are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals. The state's seven priority areas for funding are listed online.
Proposals are due by May 15, 2015.

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Permalink California Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, Phase II

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program Phase II (Research). An estimated $500,000 in competitive grant funding will be awarded for research and demonstration projects that study and facilitate changes in manure management practices at California dairies that will directly result in greenhouse gas emission reductions:and, facilitate improved understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of dairy digesters to provide information about their economic feasibility, widespread implementation and environmental benefits.
Proposals are due by May 15, 2015.

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Permalink USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Designed to increase the availability of local foods in eligible schools, these grants help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Four different kinds of grants are available. Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities; they’re designed to help them organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by incorporating best practices into early planning considerations. Implementation grants are available for schools or school districts seeking to augment or expand existing farm to school efforts. Support service grants are intended for nonprofit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers to evolve farm to school initiatives. Additionally, all eligible entities can still apply for funds to support training and technical assistance, such as local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and integration of agriculture-based curriculum.
Proposals for planning, implementation, and support-service grants are due by May 20, 2015. Letters of intent for training grants are due April 30, 2015.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Kentucky

NRCS in Kentucky is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development, adoption, and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches and technologies related to water quality, soil health, and forage quality and quantity. CIG will fund projects up to three years long, of up to $75,000 each.
Applications must be received by May 22, 2015.

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Permalink Southern SARE Research & Education Grants

The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Research & Education Grants program, for systems research and education activities that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the region and nation. The SARE Southern Region includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pre-proposals are due June 1, 2015

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is requesting applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. These priority areas are plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for support of new projects in FY 2015 is approximately $116 million.
Application deadlines vary by program area from March 31 through June 24; some program areas require submission of a letter of intent to apply.

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Permalink The Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation funds 501(c)(3) not-for-profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of Community Education Programs, Arts-In-Education Programs, and Agricultural and Environmental Programs. Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to a maximum of $10,000. The Foundation Board meets three times a year on an as-needed basis.

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Permalink New York State Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program

Empire State Development (ESD) has up to $ 2 million of funding available for the State's Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program. The program will increase the profile, awareness, and sales of New York State-produced wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider by providing matching funds for the marketing and promotion of these craft beverages. Not-for-profit corporations can apply for matching grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying marketing and promotional activities.
Applications will be received and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding is awarded or the program period ends.

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Permalink Wyoming Specialty Crop Program Non-Profit Organization High Tunnel Grants

Small grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to promote Specialty Crop season extension through high tunnel projects. This is a matching program. Nonprofit organizations may receive a maximum of one high tunnel grant. The total grant award is limited to 75% of the eligible expenditures. The minimum amount of a grant is $500. The maximum a grant is $3500.
Applications are due by July 1, 2015.

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