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Permalink Minnesota EQIP Funding

Minnesota agricultural producers who are interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply to USDA NRCS by August 18, 2017, for funding in 2018. Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, NRCS establishes application acceptance or submission deadline dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. Contracts will be awarded to producers with the highest rankings until funds are exhausted. EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
Applications for 2018 funds are due by August 18, 2017.

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Permalink Acer Access and Development Program

The Acer Access and Development Program administered by USDA-AMS offers grants to support the efforts of States, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry. Supported activities include the following: promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production; promotion of natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry; market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products; encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land containing species of trees in the genus Acer to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities on the land; or to voluntarily make the land available, including by lease or other means, for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities. Approximately $1 million is available in total to fund applications under this solicitation. The maximum award is $350,000.
Applications are due August 25, 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 Minnesota Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program funds conservation projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife in Minnesota. The MN DNR manages this reimbursable program to provide competitive matching grants from $5,000 to $400,000 to local, regional, state, and national nonprofit organizations, including government entities. A 10% match of non-state funds is required for all grants. Restoration and enhancement projects will only be funded on lands that are permanently protected by a conservation easement, in public ownership, or in public waters.
Applications will be accepted until September 12, 2017.

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Permalink New Hampshire Conservation Grant Program

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee manages the Conservation Grant Program, which awards competitive grants annually to physical and tangible environmental projects that foster stewardship and the sustainability of New Hampshire's natural environment. The Conservation Grant Program's six focus areas include water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, best management practices, conservation planning, and land conservation.
Applications are due on September 15, 2017.

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Permalink Indiana Specialty Crop Multi-state Grant Program

Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant. This program offers grants to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. To ensure collaboration, every project must include at least two out-of-state partners, which can be made up of state agencies, tribal governments, universities, non-profits and other specialty crop organizations.
Applications are due by September 18, 2017.

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Permalink California Healthy Soils Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). For the HSP Incentives Program, an estimated $3.75 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce GHG emissions. California farmers and ranchers, as well as Federal and California recognized Native American Indian Tribes, are eligible to apply for the HSP Incentives Program. For the HSP Demonstration Projects, an estimated $3 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to projects that demonstrate and monitor specific management practices in agriculture that sequester carbon, improve soil health and reduce atmospheric GHGs. Not-for-profit entities, University Cooperative Extensions, Federal and University Experiment Stations, Resource Conservation Districts, Federal and California recognized Native American Indian Tribes, and farmers and ranchers in collaboration with any of the aforementioned entities, are eligible to apply for the HSP Demonstration Projects.
Applications must be submitted by September 19, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications up to $1 million total in Value Added Grants. The Value Added Grant program seeks to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets and increasing market access and food safety of value-added products. New or established for-profit businesses may apply for funding to purchase equipment or make physical improvements. Applications that have a meat-processing or marketing component, or address a food safety plan, will receive priority. Grant funds reimburse up to 25% of the total project cost with a maximum award of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000. Equipment purchases and facility improvements are eligible.
Applications must be received by September 20, 2017.

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Permalink New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program

New York Sea Grant and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced the availability of up to $200,000 in grants for Great Lakes resilience projects. Up to $25,000 per project is available. Eligible projects must use a complete ecosystem-based approach rather than a single issue or single species focus, incorporate stakeholder participation, and address key priorities in the New York Great Lakes Action Agenda to enhance community resiliency and ecosystem integrity through restoration, protection, and improved resource management. Stated goals include conserving and restoring native fish and wildlife biodiversity and habitats to achieve and sustain resilient ecosystems and vibrant economies. Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply.
Proposals must be submitted by September 22, 2017.

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Permalink Wisconsin Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting proposals for the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. A federal grant program offered by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty-crop producer associations and groups, state government agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder organizations are eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states.
Proposals are due by September 25, 2017.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requests applications for the fiscal year 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program. AMS will competitively award funds to State departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops through collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional- or national-level specialty crop issues: food safety; plant pests and disease; research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Approximately $7 million may be available to fund applications under this solicitation.
Applications must be submitted to participating State departments of agriculture by September 25, 2017.

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Permalink FACT Workshop Scholarships for Livestock & Poultry Farmers

FACT will award scholarships of up to $100 to livestock and poultry farmers to cover the cost of farm tours, field days, workshops, conferences, or any other training related to humane farming techniques. Any workshop, field day, conference, or training in the continental United States that covers humane animal husbandry practices is eligible. You will be asked to provide the name, date, location, and website of the workshop on the application form. FACT staff members will review proposed workshops on a case by case basis and approve those deemed eligible. Current livestock and poultry farmers who express an intention to learn about humane animal production practices are eligible.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Permalink Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program

The Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program provides funds in the form of 0% interest loans or grants for the purpose of expanding the state's value added processing sector and to encourage farm diversification. Funds must be used to produce alternative ag products or process and/or market Oklahoma ag products. Farm Diversification Grant projects should deal with the diversification of a family farm, ranch, or agritourism venue to non-traditional crops or livestock, on-farm processing of agricultural commodities, or development of an agritourism venue that will promote access to a new market. Applications are evaluated quarterly.
The next application deadline is October 2, 2017.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Phase I

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). SBIR encourages domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit. Phase I invests in feasibility and proof-of-concept studies of up to $100,000. Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program.
The application deadline is October 5, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Research and Education Grant Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting applications for the Research and Education (R&E) program. The R&E program supports sustainable agriculture innovators with competitive research and education grants. It provides funds to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers/ranchers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture through research projects or education/demonstration projects. Individual grants range from $50,000 to $200,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about nine to 10 projects in the 12-state North Central Region.
Preproposals are due October 19, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-Sare Partnership Grant Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Individual grants are limited to $30,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 10 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
Proposals must be submitted online by October 26, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Livestock Water Supply Program

North Dakota State Water Commission has reactivated the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program. Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties (listed online) may qualify for up to $3,500 in cost-share assistance, for up to three projects, on the following items: new water wells; new rural water system connections; new pipeline extensions, pasture taps, and associated works; and labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program

Western SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers, and the public. Funding is capped at $75,000 per project.
Applications are due by November 1, 2017.

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Permalink Western North Carolina Agricultural Options

WNC Agricultural Options is accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. The program helps offset farmers' risk of starting ventures or growing new operations with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agents to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. WNC AgOptions offers grants for farms in the following counties/units of North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
Applications must be received by November 14, 2017.

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Permalink Montana Growth Through Agriculture

Growth Through Agriculture is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Projects should primarily add value to Montana's agricultural products and have the potential to create and/or retain jobs in Montana. Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs. A $1 for $1 match is required for all proposals.
Applications are due by November 15, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants through its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) program. MDA will award up to $400,000 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota-grown and -raised foods through planning and feasibility studies or equipment purchases and physical improvements.
Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2017.

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Permalink Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants

These one- to three-year grants from Western SARE support projects conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production.
Proposals are due by December 6, 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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Permalink New York Industrial Hemp Processing Grant

New York State has allocated $5 million for the New York State Industrial Hemp Processing Grant Fund. The Program's purpose is to provide grants for machinery and equipment required to process industrial hemp for commercialization in New York. Grants may provide a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $500,000 for up to 50% of total project costs supporting capital investments. The remaining 50% must be matched by the recipient.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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