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Permalink Specialty Crop Research Initiative

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests pre-applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches. The intent of the SCRI program is to address the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology. Approximately $80 million is available through this program in FY 2019. Pre-applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.
Applications must be received by December 10, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant

Minnesota's Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant supports innovative on-farm research and demonstrations. It funds projects that explore sustainable agriculture practices and systems that could make farming more profitable, resource efficient, and personally satisfying. Applications from Minnesota farmers receive priority, but the program also funds Minnesota nonprofits and educational organizations that meaningfully involve Minnesota farmers in projects. Projects must last two to three years and grantees must be willing to share what they learn with others. A total of $250,000 is available this year. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per project, with a 1:1 match required for funding requests of more than $25,000.
Applications are due by December 12, 2018.

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Permalink Scholarships for MOSES Conference

Several scholarships are available to help registration costs for the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference and for the associated Organic University. Farmers who have not yet attended the conference receive priority. Prior recipients are not eligible. The conference is scheduled for February 21-23, 2019, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Applications are due by December 13, 2018.

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Permalink Cultivating Change

Cultivating Change is a grant program that gives local farms funds to upgrade operations, invest in food safety, implement sustainable technology, and continue doing what they do best: grow. The program is funded by Greener Fields Together's network of fresh produce distributors throughout North America who want to invest in the farms that have been the backbone of their communities for generations. Greener Fields Together local farm partners are automatically eligible to participate in both the popular vote contest and panel review process. Local farms that are not part of Greener Fields Together are able to apply and win via the popular vote contest. The popular vote contest makes $25,000 available, with $10,000 going to the first-place vote-getter and smaller amounts awarded down to sixth place.
Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Livestock Investment Grant

The AGRI Livestock Investment Grant encourages long-term industry development for Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers by helping them improve, update, and modernize their livestock operation infrastructure and equipment. Minnesota livestock farmers may apply for matching grants to help pay for the purchase, construction, or improvement of buildings or facilities for the production of livestock. Grants can cover 10% of the first $250,000 of an eligible investment. For each project, the maximum grant amount available per year is $25,000. There is a lifetime grant maximum of $50,000.
Applications are due by December 15, 2018.

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Permalink Food and Farm Communications Fund Core Grants

The Core Grants Program of the Food and Farm Communications Fund awards targeted communications support to community-based nonprofit organizations and grassroots networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems. The Core Grants Program prioritizes work led by communities of color, indigenous communities, farmers, farmworkers, fishermen, and food workers. Non-profits with average annual revenue of less than $2 million and a commitment to equity and racial, social, and/or economic justice are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 over a 12-month term.
Letters of interest are due by December 28, 2018.

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Permalink Pennsylvania Specialty Crop Block Grant

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant projects that increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state's fruit and vegetable, nursery, horticultural, and nut products. Applicants must submit a concept paper for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through market development, technology innovation, food safety, nutrition knowledge, sustainable practices, and/or pest management. State and/or local organizations, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply.
Concept papers are due by December 28, 2018.

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Permalink Working Here Fund

Farm Credit Services of America's Working Here Fund offers grant for projects and organizations that make a positive impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, or Wyoming. There are two options of funding available: grants of up to $2,000 or grants of up to $10,000 for larger, more long-term community projects. Both funding options are designed to impact Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition, and Essential Services/Disaster Relief needs.
Applications are due by December 31, 2018.

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Permalink New York Conservation Easements on Dairy Farms

New York has announced that $30 million is available statewide to support conservation easement projects on dairy farms. Funding through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program will ensure dairy farms the opportunity to diversify their operations or transition their farm to the next generation at a more affordable cost while ensuring the land forever remains used for agricultural purposes. The state is issuing a Request for Applications for farmland protection grants of up to $2 million from eligible entities, such as land trusts, municipalities, county agricultural and farmland protection boards, and State Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
There is no application deadline.

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Permalink Solid Waste Management Grant Program Drug Disposal Priority

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award additional priority points to Solid Waste Management Grant Program applications proposing innovative projects to promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes, and academic institutions can apply.
The application deadline for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program is December 31, 2018.

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Permalink Southern Maryland Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program

Southern Maryland Agricultural offers a Farmer Mini-Grant Program that will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer. Examples of projects for consideration: Purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, fencing, hoop house, materials needed for value-added production, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety, per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The program is open to applicants residing and farming in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's or St. Mary's counties.
Applications will be accepted until January 1, 2019.

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Permalink Western SARE Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture

Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western Region are eligible to apply for Graduate Student Grants up to $25,000. Western SARE funds projects that are relevant to producers and provide readily adaptable technologies and information that advance sustainable agriculture in the Western Region. Agricultural producers must be involved in any SARE-funded Graduate Student project.
Applications are due by January 9, 2019.

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Permalink Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program

USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program. This program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans.
Applications are due by January 10, 2019.

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Permalink Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grants that enhance the competitiveness of Florida specialty crops. The types of projects funded include consumer or producer education, marketing and promotion, pest and plant health, and research. Proposals will be accepted from nonprofit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other organizations related to Florida's specialty crop industry. Individuals, individual producers, for-profit businesses, or commercial entities may submit proposals. However, the project must focus on research, education or demonstration and must benefit the specialty crop industry in a manner that can be adequately replicated by other organizations.
Proposals are due by January 11, 2019.

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Permalink Iowa Cover Crop and Crop Insurance Demonstration Project

Through a three-year demonstration project aimed at expanding usage of cover crops in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide $5/acre for cover crops to eligible applicants. Funding will be provided through RMA as an additional insurance premium discount through normal crop insurance processes. The new premium reduction will be available for fall-planted cover crops with a spring-planted cash crop. Cover crop acres currently enrolled in state and/or federal programs are not eligible for this program. Farmers are encouraged to wait to apply until their cover crop seeding has been completed.
Applications are being accepted until January 15, 2019.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced $250,000 in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Urban Agriculture Grant program is available to for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, Native American tribal communities, and local government entities. Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 per project.
Applications are due January 17, 2019.

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Permalink Minnesota Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant. For-profit and non-profit grocery stores and small food retailers, such as a corner store, a convenience store, a farmers market, a mobile food market, or a retail food outlet operated by an emergency food program or food hub can apply for grants to make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. GFAP funding can be used to purchase equipment (such as coolers and freezers) and to make physical improvements. Projects must serve census-designated Food Deserts, or low- or moderate-income areas that have substantial subpopulations (such as the elderly or disabled) who have low supermarket access. Grants range from $2,500 to $50,000.
Applications are due by January 17, 2019.

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Permalink Farm Fund Grant Program and Next Step Grant Program

Community Food Co-op's Farm Fund Grant Program is designed to support multi-farm collaborations and projects that strengthen local, sustainable agriculture at large in Whatcom and Skagit counties of Washington state. Meanwhile, the Next Step Grant program is designed to support local farmers who want to expand their business to supply wholesale markets in Whatcom County. Next Step accepts proposals for grants of $1,250 to $5,000 in combination with low-interest loans up to $12,000. The Next Step ratio of grant funds to loan funds is 1:4.
Applications for both programs are due by January 18, 2019.

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Permalink Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Washington State University is soliciting Kaiser Conservation Endowment proposals for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire and proposals are not to exceed $5,000.
Proposals are due January 23, 2019.

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Permalink New York State New Farmers Grant Fund

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund provides grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. The grant fund will help farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals: expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production, and/or extending the agricultural season; and/or advancing innovative techniques that increase sustainable agricultural production practices, such as organic farming, food safety, reduction of farm waste, and/or water use. Grants may provide a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000 for up to 50% of total project costs. New York State farmers in their first 10 years of farming and with a minimum of $10,000 in farm income may apply.
Applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2019.

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Permalink Arkansas Conservation Partners

USDA-NRCS Arkansas State Office is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with likeminded natural resource conservation partners to assist producers to plan and/or implement conservation practices throughout Arkansas. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2019 will be approximately $5 million. Proposals are requested from eligible entities, non-profits, governmental or non-governmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of awards from projects between one and five years in duration. Objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are available online.
Proposals are due by January 30, 2019.

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Permalink Montana Ranching for Rivers

Ranching for Rivers enables landowners to better manage the riparian resources on their land by providing them with the needed resources to voluntarily construct fences and/or other infrastructure (crossings, water gaps, offsite water, etc.). Ranching for Rivers provides cost-share that can cover up to 50% of the expense of fencing, other riparian pasture-related infrastructure, and construction costs. This program promotes the use of "riparian pastures" as an alternative to complete exclusion of the riparian area to livestock. Approximately $70,000 in cost-share is available for landowners to construct riparian pastures to benefit their operation and its natural resources. Funding will be on a reimbursement basis only, upon completion of projects.
The solicitation opened on October 30, 2018 and applications will be accepted until all remaining funding is awarded.

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Permalink Healthy Watersheds Consortium

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities seeks applications for the 2019 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. This program is a partnership that includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Endowment. Up to $1.2 million is available for the 2019 grant round. The goal of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program 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, not restoration of degraded habitats or projects with a strictly water-quality improvement outcome.
Proposals are due by February 4, 2019.

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Permalink Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for $1 million of grant funding available to Pennsylvania farmers and small business for pollution-prevention, energy-efficiency, and natural resource-protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grants. For the first time, grants will be available to farmers and ranchers for projects that reduce and prevent pollution on working lands. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses.
Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first.

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