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Permalink Vermont Local Food Market Development Grants

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting project proposals for $3,000 to $10,000 from Vermont farmers, producer groups, and value-chain facilitators to further institutional and other in-state wholesale market development in Vermont. Proposed projects must improve quality, efficiency, or food safety; address distribution challenges; or mitigate the financial risks associated with scaling up to meet new market demands. A 25% funding match is required.
Applications are due January 24, 2018.

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Permalink Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, which helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation are eligible to apply for this program. Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grant and matching funds up to $75,000 can be used for planning activities or for working-capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.
Applications must be received by January 24, 2018.

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Permalink Pennsylvania Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state's fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural, and nut products in the marketplace. Applicants must submit a concept paper that describes how the grant would be used to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through market development, technology innovation, food safety, nutrition knowledge, sustainable practices, and/or pest management. Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000.
Concept proposals are due by January 25, 2018.

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Permalink New York New Farmers Grant Fund

New York's $1 million New Farmers Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50% of eligible project costs. To qualify, all farm business owners must be within the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm business, and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.
Applications are due January 26, 2018.

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Permalink New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund

A new $250,000 grant program, the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund, will provide grants up to $50,000 for 50% of eligible project costs. To qualify, at least 50% of the farm business must be owned, operated, and controlled by a veteran, as defined in the program guidelines. The farm must also have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income. Eligible project costs include the purchase of machinery, equipment, supplies, and the construction or improvement of agricultural structures.
The deadline for submission is January 26, 2018.

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Permalink Research Grant Proposals on Key Issues Affecting Agriculture in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for more than $860,000 in grant funding available to researchers interested in finding solutions to some of the most pressing and persistent problems confronting the commonwealth's farms and farmers. Among the topics prioritized for funding this year are research into the spotted lanternfly; new methods and technologies for cost-effectively reducing nutrient loads to Pennsylvania’s waterways; and the efficacy of various avian vaccinations. Other areas of focus include research into production agriculture's ability to access capital, farm safety, and the public return on investment of farmland preservation. The department will also offer micro-grants to research and support the development of micro-credentials or badges that teach specific workforce development skills; solutions to practical problems of hydroponic and aquaponic operations; and remedies to challenges common in urban agricultural operations.
Proposals are due by January 26, 2018.

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Permalink Methyl Bromide Transition Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has $1.9 million available to research new, environmentally friendly pesticides and innovative tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide. The Methyl Bromide Transition program is helping to discover and implement practical and safer pest management alternatives. Projects may focus on integrated research and extension activities or extension-only projects that promote the adoption of new pest management practices. Eligible applicants include colleges and universities and research foundations maintained by them.
The deadline for applications is January 30, 2018.

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Permalink Herb Society of America Grant for Research

The Herb Society of America offers a $5,000 grant for the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herbs throughout history. Research must define herb as historically useful for flavoring, medicine, ornament, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes. Eligible applicants may be students, professionals, or individuals.
Applications are due January 31, 2018.

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Permalink Iowa Partners for Conservation

USDA NRCS in Iowa is accepting proposals for conservation partnership agreements leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state-and-community-level conservation leadership. Successful applicant proposals must originate from Iowa and focus on identified conservation issues. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non- governmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of awards for projects between one and five years in duration. A total of $3 million in funding is anticipated.
Proposals are due by January 31, 2018.

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Permalink Our Farms, Our Future Scholarships

The North Central SARE Administrative Council wants to have diverse voices and perspectives represented at the Our Farms Our Future Conference April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified applicants from one of the twelve states of the North Central region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI). Scholarships will be awarded to encourage attendance by young farmers and ranchers, future researchers (graduate students), and long-time sustainable agricultural practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Scholarships will cover registration, travel, and lodging during the conference.
Applications will be evaluated weekly until all scholarships are awarded.

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Permalink Colorado Specialty Crop Block Grant

Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is accepting concept proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant. CDA can award approximately $550,000 to projects solely enhancing the competitiveness of Colorado specialty crops. There is a two-step application process. Producer groups, organizations, and associations, as well as state and/or local organizations, academia, and other specialty-crops stakeholders are eligible to apply. Applicants will be required to provide a cash and/or in-kind match of 25%.
Concept proposals are due February 1, 2018.

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Permalink Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities seeks applications for the 2018 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. Up to $3 million is available for the 2018 grant round. Funding is provided by the EPA, NRCS, and the Endowment. The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. The primary focus for applicants should be protection and stewardship of land in the watershed. Awards will be considered in the following three categories: Watershed Action Projects, Building Watershed Protection Capacity, and Advancing the State of Practice. At least a 25% funding match is required.
Proposals are due by February 1, 2018.

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Permalink Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field.
Applications are due February 1, 2018.

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Permalink California Pest Management Alliance Grant Program

California Department of Pesticide Regulation's (DPR) Pest Management Alliance Grant Program will fund projects that focus on adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) practices in agricultural, urban, or wildland settings. Selected projects will promote adoption of established IPM practices that reduce use of pesticides of human-health or environmental concern through the guidance of a collaborative team of knowledgeable participants known as an Alliance. A total of $400,000 will be available for Alliance Grant projects. DPR will consider proposals requesting $50,000 to $400,000.
Concept proposals are due February 2, 2018.

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Permalink Lakewinds Organic Field Fund

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) supports local farmers and farming associations by making direct grants to further the goals of organic or transitional farms and the organizations that support them. LOFF is open to all farmers and farming associations, but preference will be given for farmers and farming organizations located in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin. Funding is available for the following types of project proposals: organic certification, non-profits that support sustainable and organic agriculture, transitioning a conventional farm to organic, early-stage organic farms, or education and training related to organic farming. LOFF will not fund a project for more than $8,000 per year.
Applications are due by February 2, 2018.

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Permalink Washington State Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for projects to enhance the competitiveness of Washington's specialty crops. Eligible organizations include industry associations; producer groups; commodity commissions; non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations; local, state and federal government entities; and educational institutions. Applicants may request funds for projects ranging between $25,000 and $250,000 that benefit the competitiveness of fruit, vegetable, tree nut, and nursery crop producers. More than $4 million in grant funding is available to support Washington's specialty-crop industry.
Concept proposals are due by February 5, 2018.

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Permalink Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for $17.7 million in available funding through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical-assistance programs that help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories. At least 5% of the program's funds will be allocated to address the limited-resource needs of beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged beginning farmers or ranchers, and/or farm workers, to include immigrants desiring to become beginning farmers or ranchers. Also, at least 5% will be allocated to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers who are military veterans.
Applications are due February 8, 2018.

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Permalink National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Scholarships

The National Farm to School Network will host the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 25-27, 2018. Scholarships are prioritized for the following groups: early care and education providers, farm to college/hospital practitioners, farmers / farmer support organizations, food service professionals, persons of color, and youth (through age 22). Additional preference will be given to first-time conference attendees and presenters. A majority of scholarship awards will cover conference registration fees and/or field trip and short course registration fees, pending available funds. Additional scholarships that also include travel may be available in limited quantities, based on funding.
Applications are due February 12, 2018.

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Permalink Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grant projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana. State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply. Projects can address identified priorities including food safety, specialty crop research, variety development, pest and disease control, distribution systems, and sustainability. An estimated $1.2 million in federal funding will be available.
Proposals are due by February 15, 2018.

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Permalink Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million in technical and financial assistance in 2018 to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts, and other groups protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands, and grasslands through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Through wetland reserve easements, NRCS helps landowners and tribes restore and protect wetland ecosystems permanently or for 30 years. Through agricultural land easements, NRCS provides funds to conservation partners to purchase permanent conservation easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure. The cooperating entity applies for matching funds from NRCS for the purchase of an easement from the landowner, permanently protecting its agricultural use and conservation values. Landowners do not apply directly to NRCS for funding under this program.
Applications for ACEP are taken on a continuous basis; however, 2018 consideration cutoff dates vary by state. Many occur during December, January, and February.

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Permalink Farmers Advocating for Organic

Farmers Advocating for Organic is a grant program funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. Through combining resources, Organic Valley farmers are able to invest in projects that affect the livelihoods of organic farmers across the country. Grants are awarded to research, education, and advocacy projects focused on protecting and promoting organic in ways aligned with strategic priorities identified by the program. One-time grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000 to $50,000. A Letter of Inquiry is required; if an LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application.
The next application deadline is February 15, 2018.

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Permalink Conference Scholarships for Livestock and Poultry Farmers

As funding allows, FACT will award scholarships of up to $400 for livestock and poultry farmers to attend conferences and training events to learn humane animal management practices. FACT is currently accepting applications for scholarships to winter conferences including Southern SAWG, Practical Farmers of Iowa, MOSES, OEFFA, and others. Applicants can also propose additional conferences. Farmers must own or be employed by a farm that raises livestock and/or poultry.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers until funding is depleted.

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Permalink New York Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, in partnership with the New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI), is seeking proposals for research and grower education projects that aim to enhance the competitiveness of New York’s specialty crop producers and increase the long-term success of the State’s agricultural industry. Up to $600,000 is available. Priority areas include addressing production problems specific to New York, IPM, pest risk assessments, variety development, and extending the growing season.
Applications are due by February 18, 2018.

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Permalink Hawaii Specialty Crop Block Grant

Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Development Division, is seeking proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of Hawaii grown specialty crops in either the domestic or foreign markets. Preference will be given to projects that measurably increase the production and/or consumption of specialty crops, foster the development of fledging crops and organic operations for Hawaii specialty crop farmers. The primary goal in this grant program for the HDOA is to support projects that could provide the highest measurable benefits or return-on-investment to the specialty-crop segment in Hawaii.
Applications are due by February 23, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health. All U.S.-based entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Up to 20% of CIG funds will be set aside for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or groups serving these customers. Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2 million.
Proposals are due February 26, 2018.

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Permalink Rhode Island Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program (LASA). This unique and unprecedented public-private partnership will provide grants intended to directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island. Priorities for 2018 include supporting the entry, growth, and sustainability of small or beginning agriculture producers (including aquaculture producers) and fishermen/women; fostering collaboration; supporting new products and sales channels; enhancing access to land; and addressing needs identified in Rhode Island's food strategy.
Applications are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program

The Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program (RIAgEP) is a competitive grant program that funds agricultural energy projects in an effort to improve energy efficiency and to facilitate the adoption of alternative clean energy technologies by Rhode Island farms. This program seeks to reduce energy consumption, , decreasing the carbon footprint of the agricultural community and keeping agriculture a viable and growing sector of Rhode Island's economy. Grants will fund projects up to $20,000 that fall into either the renewable energy category or the energy efficiency category. Grants will fund projects up to $20,000 that fall into either the renewable energy category or the energy efficiency category.
The next application deadline is March 16, 2018.

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