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Permalink Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA is accepting applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), 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, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs (CSA), agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, CSA networks, CSA associations, economic development corporations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, public benefit corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and Tribal governments.The minimum FY 2017 FMPP award per grant is $50,000, and the maximum is $500,000.
Applications are due by March 27, 2017.

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Permalink Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides about $1 million in matching funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies. Funds will support research projects to address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally. Proposals must have a strong marketing focus, must involve research, and the primary beneficiaries must be agricultural producers and agribusinesses. FSMIP will also consider unique proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as models for others.
Applications are due March 27, 2017.

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Permalink Local Food Promotion Program

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase funding for marketing activities such as aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of local foods. LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match 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 and implementation grants. 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. Such entities may include agricultural businesses and cooperatives, producer networks and associations, other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups), nonprofit and public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, or local and tribal governments.
Grant applications are due by March 27, 2017.

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Permalink Special Research Grants Program, Potato Breeding Research

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications through this grant program to support potato research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. This includes research using conventional breeding and/or biotechnological genetics to develop improved potato varieties. Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations and qualified colleges and universities.
Applications are due by March 28, 2017.

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Permalink Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program

NIFA requests applications for the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program for fiscal year 2017 to support environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. The anticipated amount available for support of this program in FY 2017 is approximately $4 million. Standard Research Proposals must not exceed $500,000 total, and must address one of five identified program areas. Conference Proposals must not exceed $25,000 total.
Applications must be received by March 30, 2017.

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Permalink Wisconsin Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. Grants are awarded to projects intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education, or market development. Non-profits, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other agricultural organizations are encouraged to apply. Typical projects are awarded between $10,000 and $100,000.
Applications are due by March 31, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Pennsylvania

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals for up to $75,000 in funding to promote the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Pennsylvania. NRCS is seeking proposals for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, focused on soil health, precision agriculture, wildlife habitat, urban agriculture, and projects benefiting historically underserved producers and veteran farmers. State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply.
Proposals are due by April 3, 2017.

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Permalink Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community based organizations are all eligible to apply for funding. In addition, organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners. Grant awards will be considered up to a maximum of $24,000.
Proposals must be received by April 3, 2017.

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Permalink Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for project ideas as part of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2017. Approximately $1.6 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Funding for Oregon's program is contingent upon federal funding for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. For the 2017 SCBGP Request for Proposals, ODA has introduced a single phase process. Funding priorities are identified online.
Proposals must be received by April 4, 2017.

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Permalink North Central SARE Professional Development Program

NCR-SARE's Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. Projects can be up to three years in duration, funded for a maximum of $75,000. Approximately $450,000 will be available.
Proposals are due by April 5, 2017.

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Permalink Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grants

The MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops. The funds can be used for projects involved in promotion, marketing, research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased knowledge and consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices, and good manufacturing practices. Eligible applicants must be a non-profit or for-profit organization or local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments.
Applications are due by April 6, 2017.

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Permalink Wyoming Specialty Crop Grant Program

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) is accepting applications for the Wyoming Specialty Crop Grant Program. WDA estimates up to $300,000 from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, contingent on funding availability. Competitive grant awards up to $24,500 are available to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Wyoming by increasing the production and consumption of fruits, vegetables, tree nut, horticulture and floriculture.
The deadline for applications is Monday, April 10, 2017.

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Permalink New Mexico Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is inviting New Mexicans involved in agricultural production to apply for grant funds to enhance the competitiveness of New Mexico-grown specialty crops. Consideration will be given to projects that increase the competitiveness of specialty crop farmers, including Native American and disadvantaged farmers. Increasing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems and improving food access in underserved communities. Previously funded projects range from one to three years in length and vary in amount from $15,000 to more than $100,000.
Applications are due by April 10, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant

Graduate students enrolled at colleges or universities in the North Central region can submit proposals for up to $12,000 to fund sustainable agriculture projects that will be part of their educational programs. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 15 projects in the 12-state North Central Region.
Proposals are due by April 13, 2017.

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Permalink Massachusetts Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is accepting applications for an estimated $350,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grant funding. Socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers, eligible non-profit organizations, local government entities, for-profit organizations, industry trade associations, producer groups, and commodity commissions can submit projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Massachusetts specialty crop industries. Expected measurable outcomes for projects are detailed online.
Applications are due by April 14, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Idaho

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. This program is designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. NRCS Idaho anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2017 will be up to $150,000. Eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals may apply.
Full proposals are due by April 14, 2017.

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Permalink Idaho Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of Idaho-grown specialty crops. Projects must benefit more than one product or organization. Funds are available to interested local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities.
Applications are due April 14, 2017.

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Permalink Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Program

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 2017 round of Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants. The grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market, and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools, and institutions. A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50% of the total project budget. Qualified applicants include individuals, groups, or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments, or agricultural tourism operations.
Pre-proposals are due by April 14, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Food Hub Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Food Hub Grant Program. This one-time program is offering grants intended to stimulate purchases of locally grown and raised foods by developing or expanding food hubs and other alternative community-based food distribution systems. For-profit and not-for-profit food hubs and other alternative community-based food distribution businesses may apply for grants to develop or update their business plans, conduct feasibility studies, or create marketing plans. Grants are also available for equipment purchases or physical improvements to allow more purchasing, processing, and distributing of Minnesota grown and raised foods.
Proposals must be submitted by April 19, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Good Food Access Program Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is requesting proposals for grants to increase access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods in underserved and low- and moderate income communities. Roughly $150,000 is available for Equipment and Physical Improvement Grants through the Good Food Access Program. Grants must stimulate sales of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods – including fruits and vegetables – by assisting grocery stores and small food retailers in making physical improvements or purchasing equipment. Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant funds may be used to purchase retail display coolers and freezers, storage coolers and freezers, shelving, mobile food trucks, permanent infrastructure at farmers markets, architectural work, and for costs associated with the installation of equipment for physical improvements. For-profit and not-for-profit small food retailers and grocery stores (including farmers markets) are eligible recipients.
Proposals must be received by April 19, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Specialty Crop Block Grant

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture administers the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program. To be eligible for a grant, the project must solely enhance the competitiveness of North Dakota specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Projects must also benefit more than one commercial product, organization, or individual. Examples can include education, research, food safety, pest and plant health, marketing and promotion, and production. North Dakota is encouraging applicants to address particular issues that are identified in the Request for Applications. NDDA anticipates that up to $2.4 million will be awarded to projects solely enhancing the competiveness of North Dakota specialty crops. Non-profit and for-profit organizations; local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments; and public or private colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by April 20, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in New Mexico

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. New Mexico has allocated $75,000 in funding. Applicants need to provide a one-to-one match, and all projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.
The application deadline is April 21, 2017.

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Permalink Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. USDA is now accepting proposals for Fiscal Year 2018 RCPP funding.
Pre-proposals are due April 21, 2017.

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Permalink California Joint Agricultural Water Efficiency Program

The California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have released a Request for Proposals for joint applications involving funding for both agricultural water suppliers and agricultural operations. The program includes $3 million in funding for agricultural water suppliers to pressurize the delivery of water directly to growers, and an additional $3 million for growers to receive that water and utilize it through technologies such as drip, subsurface drip, and micro-sprinkler irrigation systems. Agricultural water suppliers such as irrigation districts will be the lead applicants for the joint program and will work with agricultural operations within their service areas to prepare a proposal for funding.
Grant applications are due April 21, 2017.

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Permalink South Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is accepting applications for projects designed to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in South Carolina. SCDA anticipates approximately $450,000 will be made available for programmatic activities in South Carolina. Applications will only be accepted from producer, industry, or community-based organizations involved with specialty crops.
Applications are due by April 21, 2017.

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Permalink Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership

USDA is investing up to $15 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities. Funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP​), part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Through WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations, and American Indian tribes collaborate with NRCS through cooperative and partnership agreements. These partners work with tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their properties.
WREP proposals are due to NRCS state offices by April 24, 2017.

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Permalink Methyl Bromide Transition Program

Colleges and universities may submit applications to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for an anticipated $1.8 million in funding for projects to support the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the methyl bromide phase-out. 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. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale.
Applications are due April 25, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Oregon

NRCS Oregon requests proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals will be accepted from any eligible entity for projects within the state of Oregon. For fiscal year 2017, up to $250,000 may be available for the Oregon statewide CIG competition. Proposals up to $75,000 are requested from eligible nonfederal government or non-government organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects one to three years in duration. Funding priorities are available online.
Applications are due by April 28, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting applications for Graduate Student Grants. These grants award a maximum of $16,500 for up to three years' work by PhD and Masters students at accredited institutions in the Southern region. Research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region are eligible for submission.
Proposal submission deadline is May 5, 2017.

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Permalink Future Organic Farmer Grant

The CCOF Foundation gives grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs, to help with tuition and educational expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees. Applicants' financial need is taken into account for grant decisions. Up to 33 awards of $2,500 are available.
Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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