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Permalink New York State Grown and Certified Implementation of Agricultural Environmental Management Plans on Specialty Crop Farms

The goal of the Implementation of AEM Plans on Specialty Crop Farms for NYS Grown and Certified is to assist fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop growers in producing products in a manner that reduces their current risk to natural resources. The program provides financial assistance to farms to implement Conservation Practice Systems that support the New York State Grown and Certified Program. Eligible applicants are New York County Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Funding in the amount of $1.5 million is available, with a maximum award level of $50,000 per farm.
Proposals are due by January 20, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Community and School Orchards and Gardens Grants

North Dakota Department of Agriculture has $52,500 available to help North Dakota communities and schools plant orchards and gardens in 2017. Communities and schools are eligible to apply for grants of $500 to $7,500. Funds can be used for plants, trees, planting supplies, soil amendments, irrigation and fencing supplies, but not permanent structures, the purchase of land or capital expenditures.
Grant applications must be received by January 20, 2017.

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Permalink RCPP Assistance for Soil and Water Concerns in Tennessee

NRCS in Tennessee announced $1.2 million funding availability to expand assistance services to address resource concerns and improve the quality of waters across the state of Tennessee. Producers are encouraged to sign up for assistance through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP funds awarded will finance cost-share on conservation projects that will address factors contributing to the watershed being listed on the state 303(d) List. Treatment of primary resource concerns will address and minimize impacts from siltation/sedimentation, nutrients, and pathogens.
The deadline to submit applications is January 20, 2017.

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Permalink National Farm to School Network Core Partners RFA

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is seeking partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories to serve as Core Partners during 2017-2019 in the next phase of farm to school and ECE growth and evolution. Organizations and agencies from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories interested in and capable of contributing to the advancement of farm to school and ECE are encouraged to apply. All selected Core Partners (one per state) will receive a matching $4,000 award (Level 1 grants). Additional matching support of up to $8,000 (Level 2 grants) will be allocated to a subset of selected Core Partners representing high-need areas of the country (maximum of 14 awards) with readiness for engagement in the work. Applicants must be members of NFSN and must demonstrate capacity for supporting all three elements of farm to school and farm to ECE: (1) local and regional procurement, (2) food and farm education, and (3) gardening activities.
Applications are due January 26, 2017.

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Permalink New York State New Farmers Grant Fund

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund has $1 million available to assist new and early-stage farmers. The fund will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs, with the remaining 50 percent being matched by the recipient. All owners of eligible farms must be within the first ten years of ownership 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 farm machinery, supplies and equipment, and construction or improvement of farm structures. This year, the program has eliminated the 150 acres or less requirement and is now accepting farm applicants of all sizes.
Applications are due by January 27, 2017.

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Permalink REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant

This grant is available to a unit of State, Tribal, or local government; instrumentality of a State, Tribal, or local government; institution of higher education; rural electric cooperative; a public power entity; or a council, to establish a program to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. The maximum aggregate amount of energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants awarded to any one recipient under this Notice cannot exceed $100,000.
Applications must be received by January 31, 2017.

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Permalink Herb Society of America Research Grants

The Herb Society of America offers grants of $5,000 for 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 by January 31, 2017.

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Permalink California Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is accepting concept proposals. FREP's competitive grant program funds research that advances the agronomic and environmental performance of fertilizing materials. This year's priorities include identifying and addressing challenges to effective nutrient management practices; quantification of nitrate movement in deep soil as it relates to management practices; research on the role of soil organic matter and organic fertilizing materials in nutrient management; development of integrated decision support tools; filling knowledge gaps in nitrogen management information for specific crops, including corn, pima cotton, processing tomatoes, baby lettuce, walnuts, citrus, and deep rooted vegetables; and training, education, and outreach opportunities to efficiently manage irrigation systems and fertilizing materials.
Concept proposals are due by January 31, 2017.

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Permalink Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at $30,000 each. This year's opportunity will place special emphasis on proposals in two areas: underrepresented states and new potential grantees.
Applications are due on January 31, 2017.

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Permalink Kentucky State University Small Scale Farm Grant

This grant program is for certified organic farmers, value-added producers, and aquatic farmers. Kentucky farmers that sell at least $1,000 of agriculture produce to the public, but don't sell more than $250,000, are eligible to apply, as are corporations and cooperatives that serve Kentucky farms. Funding limits are $5,000 per farmer and $15,000 for organizations.
The next application deadline is February 1, 2017.

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Permalink Multi-State Rural Development Research or Extension Projects

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University announces a competition for seed grants aimed at enhancing the ability of Land Grant institutions to positively influence the quality of life in rural areas of the twelve-state North Central region of the United States. Priority areas for the Center's work include the following: innovation diffusion for rural development, sustainable communities, leadership development, and entrepreneurial communities. Grant awards may range from $5,000 to $25,000 each. Up to $144,000 will be awarded.
Proposals are due February 2, 2017.

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Permalink Michigan Rural Development Fund Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a new grant opportunity to promote the sustainability of land-based industries, including food and agriculture, and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. The grant funds are available for projects that address expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, communications, water, and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities. Individuals, organizations, businesses, tribes, educational institutions, and local governments may apply. The total allotment for funding is approximately $1.5 million. A 30% match is required.
Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017.

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Permalink California Pest Management Alliance Grant Program

California Department of Pesticide Regulation administers the Pest Management Alliance Grant Program, which provides funding for projects that increase implementation and adoption of proven, effective integrated pest management (IPM) practices that reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment. Projects should focus on adoption of IPM practices in agricultural settings near schools. 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.
Concept proposals are due February 3, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA is currently accepting initial applications for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), a national program that rewards farmers for protecting and enhancing natural resources on their working lands. The newly revised CSP includes expanded options for conservation activities and an increased minimum payment to help smaller-scale producers. Contracts may include cover crops, rotational grazing, and/or ecologically based pest management, among other options. Interested farmers should visit their local NRCS office to begin the application process.
The next application deadline for funding consideration is February 3, 2017.

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Permalink Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in Vermont

NRCS' Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) helps protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat by encouraging private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Two programs are available under ACEP: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) are designed for active working farms through a cooperative agreement with a cooperating entity, such as a land trust, sharing 50% of the easement purchase cost; Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) are designed to restore and protect wetlands and their associated habitats and allow landowners to work directly with NRCS to secure and restore easement areas with up to 100% of the associated costs paid for by NRCS.
In Vermont, applications for both programs are accepted year-round with an application cutoff of February 3, 2017.

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Permalink Lakewinds Organic Field Fund

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) is a grant program designed to provide funding for farmers who are working on the development and sustainability of organics through research and development, organic certification, transitioning farms from conventional to organic, creating new farms and land trusts for organic farms. 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.
Application deadline is February 3, 2017.

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Permalink Technology, Innovation, and Excellence Grant Program

SEMAP is offering a new innovative funding program for farmers in Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties of Massachusetts. The goal of the TIE (Technology, Innovation, and Excellence) Grant program is to encourage farmers to trial new equipment, implement new systems, and address the challenges farmers collectively face. SEMAP TIE grant funding program is intended to lower the economic barriers to innovation. Active farmers and aquaculturists in the three-county area can apply for grants of $500 to $3,000 for materials, consultants, or project costs.
Applications are due February 10, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota RFP for Research on the Effectiveness of Conservation Practices

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is requesting proposals for research to quantify the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices related to impaired waters and for development and evaluation of best management practices to protect and restore water resources. Proposals should quantify agricultural conservation practice effectiveness related to nutrient source reduction, off-site movement, and treatments in the State of Minnesota. Proposals should focus on the water quality effects of individual conservation practices and/or the cumulative effects of multiple conservation practices. Proposals must include a cost effectiveness component, as well as an education and outreach plan to benefit Minnesota residents.
Proposals must be received by February 10, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Maine

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maine is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the local development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in Fiscal Year 2017 will be up to $250,000 in Maine. Maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in this fiscal year. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, or individuals, for projects between one and three years in duration. NRCS will consider offering CIGs in the following areas: Integrated Pest Management; Energy Efficiency; Soil Health; Wildlife; and Conservation Planning and Practices.
Proposals must be received by February 15, 2017.

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Permalink Texas Agricultural Water Conservation Grants

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 Agricultural Water Conservation Grants up to $200,000 each. Categories include Water Use Monitoring Equipment, Demonstration and Technology Transfer, and Study of Irrigation Efficiency in Texas. Eligible applicants are state agencies and political subdivisions.
Applications are due by February 15, 2017.

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Permalink High Country Local First Farm to School Grant

The High Country Local First Farm to School grant program connects more children, teachers, food service staff, parents, and community members with healthy, local foods. The grant provides resources to develop or expand Farm to School projects and/or explore innovative practices related to Farm to School in Ashe and Watauga Counties of North Carolina. The grant is open to Watauga and Ashe County K-12 public and private schools and early child care education providers.
Applications are due February 15, 2017.

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Permalink New Hampshire Agricultural Mini-Grant Program

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food is accepting applications for the Agricultural Mini-Grant Program. This program offers matching grants of up to $1,000 to organizations that wish to conduct a project focused on promoting New Hampshire agriculture.
Applications are due February 15, 2017.

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Permalink Ohio Conservation Innovation Grant

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. Ohio NRCS will accept proposals for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities from Ohio. Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. The maximum award is $75,000.
Applications are due February 17, 2017.

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Permalink National Organic Certification Cost Share Program

This program provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75% of their certification costs paid during October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017, not to exceed $750 per certification scope. Producers and handlers may submit OCCSP applications to FSA county offices beginning on March 20, 2017, or they may apply through participating State Agencies.
State agencies must apply by February 17, 2017.

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Permalink Montana Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants. Grant funds are available to state and local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders working on projects to enhance Montana's specialty crop industry. Program priorities are listed online.
Applications are due February 22, 2017.

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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 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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