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Permalink Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. The program will award between $29 million and $36 million for the installation of dairy digesters in California that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Existing milk producers and dairy digester developers can apply for funding of up to $3 million per project for anaerobic digestion projects that provide quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions. The program requires a minimum of 50% of total project cost as matching funds.
Applications must be submitted by June 28, 2017.

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Permalink Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Young Earth Solutions

The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/or economic aspects. The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.
Proposals must be submitted by June 28, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Farmers Market Mini-Grants

North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association Farmers Market and Individual Members may apply for the 2017 Mini grants. Each grant is $500 and is intended to increase the visibility of the NDFMGA and encourage sales and consumption of goods produced and sold by members.
Applications will be accepted until grant monies are all allocated.

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Permalink Water Bank Program in South Dakota

USDA NRCS has opened applications to the Water Bank Program (WBP) in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The purposes of WBP include (1) preserving and improving major wetlands as habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, (2) conserving surface waters, (3) reducing soil and wind erosion, (4) contributing to flood control, (5) improving water quality, (6) improving subsurface moisture, and (7) enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape. WBP contracts are non-renewable, 10-year rental agreements for cropland, pastureland, and forestland impacted by flooding.
South Dakota is accepting applications for funding consideration in 2017 until June 30, 2017.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Research for Novel Approaches Grant

New for 2018 grant awards, the Northeast SARE Research and Education grant program seeks preproposals for projects that research novel approaches in sustainable agriculture. The research should establish the feasibility of the novel approaches, with the expectation that the new information will be used later in educational programs that promote farmer adoption of the novel approaches. Approaches are defined for this program as production practices, marketing and business management strategies, and other methods and techniques used in making agriculture more productive, environmentally sound, and socially sustainable. The project should perform an in-depth examination of the feasibility and benefit expected from the novel approach.
The deadline for preproposals is July 6, 2017.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Research and Education Grants

Northeast SARE seeks proposals for research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects, with an emphasis on projects that lead directly to improved farming practices and an enhanced quality of life for farmers and rural communities. Projects must involve farmers and other stakeholders--agricultural educators and service providers--in planning, implementing, and evaluating. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $200,000. Projects must take place within the Northeast SARE region, which is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington D.C.
Preproposals are due July 6, 2017.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Professional Development Program

These grants are for organizations to develop and deliver training, specifically agricultural training with sustainable content. Professional Development Grants focus on training extension and NRCS staff, agricultural consultants, and other service providers who work directly with farmers and advise them on their farm and business practices. Awards range from $30,000 to $150,000. Projects must be held within the Northeast SARE region, which is made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington D.C.
Pre-proposals are due by July 6, 2017.

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Permalink Oregon Conservation Innovation Grants on Forest Stand Resiliency

USDA-NRCS in Oregon has announced that a total of $150,000 is available to businesses, universities, state and local governments, Tribes, and individuals for Forest Stand Resiliency CIGs. Applicants may request up to $75,000, and in return match those funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Possible grant topics may include fire management, new methods of assessing forest health on private lands or developing conservation strategies to promote forest stand resiliency against weather extremes. Forest Stand Resiliency CIG projects must involve farmers, ranchers or non-industrial timber owners who meet the eligibility criteria for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Projects must occur in Oregon and may be county-based or statewide in scope.
The deadline to submit grant proposals is July 7, 2017.

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Permalink Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through USDA Risk Management Agency, will award up to $4.85 million to fund cooperative agreements under the Crop Insurance Education in Targeted States Program. This program supports delivery of crop insurance education and information to U.S. agricultural producers in States where there is traditionally, and continues to be, a low level of Federal crop insurance participation and availability, and producers are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program. These states are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations; Federal, State, or tribal agencies; groups representing producers; community-based organizations; nongovernmental organizations; colleges or universities; and other entities with the capacity to lead a program of risk management education for producers in one or more Targeted States.
Applications are due July 10, 2017.

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Permalink Risk Management Education Partnerships Program

USDA Risk Management Agency is accepting applications for up to $4 million in Risk Management Education Partnerships. The program delivers crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk. Priority is to be given to reaching producers of commercial crops that are not covered by catastrophic risk protection crop insurance, specialty crop producers, and producers of underserved commodities including livestock and forage. Other agency priorities are listed online. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, State agencies, colleges or universities, producer groups, and community-based organizations, among others.
Applications are due by July 10, 2017.

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Permalink Pulling Together Initiative

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation's Pulling Together Initiative provides modest grants to help local communities effectively manage invasive weeds. Pulling Together Initiative matching grants are intended to help support the creation of local cooperative weed management area partnerships. Such partnerships bring together local landowners, citizens groups and weed experts to develop and implement strategies for managing weed infestations on public lands, natural areas, and private working lands. Approximately $850,000 is expected to be available for grant awards in 2017. Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
Pre-proposals are due July 12, 2017.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative--Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate

The AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate (RACC) Challenge Area focuses on sustainable increase in agricultural productivity and the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. In FY 2017, the AFRI RACC Challenge Area will invest in one priority area, Climate, Land Use, and Land Management. Through these investments, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will address the understanding of underlying processes, drivers, and consequences of land-use change, including biophysical and biogeochemical processes, climate feedbacks, and environmental outcomes, and social, behavioral, economic, and land-use interaction. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply for a total of $6.3 million in funding.
Applications are due by July 13, 2017.

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Permalink Bring Back the Natives

The Bring Back the Natives program invests in conservation activities that restore, protect and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially in areas on or adjacent to federal agency lands. The program emphasizes coordination between private landowners and federal agencies, tribes, corporations, and states to improve the ecosystem functions and health of watersheds. The end result is conservation of aquatic ecosystems, increase of in-stream flows, and partnerships that benefit native fish species throughout the United States. Species and geographic priorities are identified online.
Pre-proposals are due July 13, 2017.

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Permalink Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Small Grants

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is seeking proposals that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada. Proposals on night work in agriculture and cannabis worker health and safety are encouraged. Faculty and PhD students or postdoctoral scholars in the Western region are eligible to apply. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may request up to $10,000, while faculty may request up to $30,000.
Proposals are due July 14, 2017.

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Permalink Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

USDA is accepting applications from public agencies, non-profit organizations, and Federally recognized tribes for Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grants up to $150,000. The Technical Assistance and/or training will assist communities, Indian Tribes, and Nonprofit Corporations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the Grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.
Applications are due by July 24, 2017.

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Permalink Rural Community Development Initiative

USDA is inviting applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, or economic development projects. Applicants must have capacity-building experience for these types of projects and must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. Eligible recipients are nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities or federally recognized tribes.
The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25, 2017.

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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 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 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 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 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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