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Permalink Georgia Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS is requesting proposals for the FY2017 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program in Georgia, designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. For fiscal year 2017, up to $500,000 is available for the Georgia State CIG competition. Individual grants will not exceed $75,000 from NRCS. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. Proposals are requested from eligible groups such as government or non-government organizations, individuals, or others, for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration.
Proposals are due by February 28, 2017.

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Permalink Blue Hill Peninsula Community Food Grants

Each year, Maine Farmland Trust awards grant funds for projects that promise to increase food sustainability and improve the health and well-being of Blue Hill Peninsula residents. Successful applications will be those that place an emphasis on creating a more just and sustainable local food system through food production, education or related projects. High priority is placed on projects that can also demonstrate benefit to the community. Grants are available for nonprofit organizations, schools, community groups, or individuals. Projects or programs must be carried out in the towns of Blue Hill, Sedgwick, Penobscot, Castine, Orland, Surry, Deer Isle, Stonington, Brooksville, or Brooklin.
Applications are due February 28, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Missouri

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Missouri is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Missouri anticipates having $100,000 in state-component funds available for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Individual grants up to $50,000 can be used to fund up to 50% of the total cost of a project lasting one to three years. Projects should address one of four identified resource concerns: data analytics for natural resources conservation; pay-for-success models to stimulate conservation adoption; precision conservation approaches; and water management technologies and approaches to maximize agricultural production efficiency and minimize off-site impacts.
Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

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Permalink Nebraska Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is accepting grant proposals for its 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), which supports research, development and marketing of specialty crops. NDA anticipates approximately $600,000 will be available to fund new projects. Producers, organizations and associations, as well as state and local agencies, educational groups, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply.
The deadline for submitting proposals is March 1, 2017.

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Permalink Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Matching Grants

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is offering matching grants of up to $500 to groups sponsoring programs or projects that promote agricultural literacy. The proposed project must be targeted to grades PreK-12 and should enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture.
Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

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Permalink Louisiana Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Awards up to $100,000 are available.
Application deadline is March 3, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Arkansas

NRCS has announced approximately $300,000 in funding is available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies within Arkansas. State, tribal, and local governmental entities; non-governmental organizations; and individuals may apply. Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern. Project results are expected to improve and create conservation technologies, management systems and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems). Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50% of the total project cost. Individual grant awards may not exceed $75,000.
Proposals are due by March 3, 2017.

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Permalink Frontera Farmer Foundation Grants

The Frontera Farmer Foundation is committed to promoting small, sustainable Midwestern farms serving the Chicago area, by providing them with capital development grants. The Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to small and medium-size, individually owned farms that sell their food products to customers in the Chicago area at farmers markets and otherwise. Farmers must have been in business for at least three years and must demonstrate how the grant will improve both their farm’s viability and the availability of locally grown food products in the Chicago area.
Completed applications must be received by March 4, 2017.

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Permalink Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water

This initiative enables interagency cooperation on one of the most pressing problems of the millennium--understanding interactions across the food, energy, water (FEW) nexus--how it is likely to affect our world, and how we can proactively plan for its consequences. It allows the partner agencies (National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture and others) to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions, while eliminating duplication of effort and fostering collaboration between agencies and the investigators they support. Total project funding is $40 million, with no single project to exceed $2.5 million. There are three tracks of research, with five to 10 awards anticipated in each track: (1) FEW System Modeling; (2) Visualization and Decision support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus; and (3) Research to Enable Innovative Solutions. Proposals may be submitted by colleges and universities or by non-profit, non-academic organizations.
Proposals are due by March 6, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $1 million in Value Added Grants, to purchase equipment or make physical improvements. The competitive grant process will fund projects that increase the sales, diversify the markets, or improve the food safety of value-added Minnesota agricultural products. Producers and handlers that increase the value of agricultural products through processing or manufacturing may be eligible.
Applications are due by March 6, 2017.

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Permalink Organic Transitions

NIFA requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2017 is approximately $3.8 million. Budgets may not exceed $200,000 per year, with the total amount awarded not to exceed $500,000. NIFA expects to make a total of seven to eight awards. Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities. Funding priorities are listed online.
Applications are due by March 9, 2017.

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Permalink Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant

Groups seeking to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia are eligible to submit proposals to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for grants up to $60,000 per project. Some examples include research, promotion and marketing plans, as well as food safety projects and projects that improve food access. Agricultural associations, industry and producer groups, community-based organizations, educational institutions and non-profits may submit applications. Priority issues for funding are identified online.
Applications are due by March 13, 2017.

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Permalink California State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for an estimated $3.75 million in competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations. Agricultural operations can apply for funding of up to $100,000 per project for irrigation projects that provide quantifiable water savings and greenhouse gas reductions.
Applications must be submitted electronically by March 14, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. Eligible applicants include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. North Dakota estimates total program funding at $150,000, with individual awards not to exceed $75,000.
Applications are due March 14, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Kansas

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. A total of $200,000 is available in Kansas.
Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

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Permalink Missouri Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Interested individuals, community organizations, and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Missouri may apply. The department will consider grant awards up to a maximum of $50,000 for a specific project with a two-year grant period. Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry with strong information dissemination and outreach components providing results to benefit others rather than a single organization, institution or individual.
Grant proposals are due by March 15, 2017.

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Permalink Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program FY 2017 application cycle is now open. Any business, organization, or individual can apply for Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funding. However, projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, organization, or individual to be eligible for funding. VAAFM strongly encourages projects proposing innovative partnerships that will develop new knowledge to strengthen specialty crop producers’ operations.
Letters of intent to apply are due by March 15, 2017.

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Permalink Organic Conservation Practices in Iowa

Financial assistance for implementing conservation practices through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is available for Iowa organic farmers or those transitioning to organic agriculture. USDA's Organic Initiative provides financial assistance to implement a broad set of conservation practices to assist organic producers in addressing resource concerns. Practices could include planning and installing pollinator habitat, improving soil health and organic matter while minimizing erosion, developing a grazing plan and supportive livestock practices, and enhancing cropping rotations and nutrient management.
The next cutoff deadline for available funding is March 17, 2017.

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Permalink Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund provides direct assistance to veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to a third-party vendor for any items that make a critical difference in the launch of a young farm business. Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or serving in the military reserve/National Guard. Applicants must be members of Farmer Veteran Coalition. In addition to monetary awards, the Fellowship provides support in the form of guidance in production, business planning, and marketing. Awards are also made in the form of a scholarship to study for a career in agriculture at a college, university or farm-training program.
Applications must be received by March 20, 2017.

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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 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 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 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 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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