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Permalink Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year 18. This program provides funding to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers and maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 18 is approximately $1.3 million. The program also funds projects that improve the profitability and competitiveness of small and medium-sized farms and ranches by providing access to high quality, uniform farm business management benchmarking information and projects that improving producers' abilities to successfully manage their agricultural operations through periods of high risk, volatility, and financial stress.
Applications are due by April 20, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in South Dakota

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) serving South Dakota is accepting state proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). NRCS South Dakota will award two new state level proposals and has designated $150,000 for FY2018 with each proposal up to a $75,000 maximum.
Proposals must be received by April 20, 2018.

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Permalink King Conservation District Regional Food System Grant Program

The King Conservation District Regional Food System Grant Program was initiated to provide a catalyst for making local food production more ecologically and economically sustainable. The program funds projects that contribute to the economic viability of local farmers, encourage new farmers, expand acreage in food production, improve food access, and increase demand for King County, Washington, farm products. The maximum award is $100,000 and match is required.
Pre-proposals are due April 23, 2018.

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Permalink Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications to provide resources for four regional risk management education centers for the purpose of developing and delivering agricultural risk management education materials. In addition, this program will also provide one grant for a Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center to provide associated support to the regional centers. The anticipated amount available for applications in FY 2018 is approximately $4.4 million. Applications may be submitted by qualified colleges and universities, Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit and for-profit private organizations or corporations, and other entities.
Applications are due by April 27, 2018.

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Permalink Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants

The Rural Energy for America Program administered by USDA Rural Development provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy-efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations are eligible to apply, as are small businesses in rural areas. Grants are available for up to 25% of total eligible project costs. Combined grant and loan guarantee funding is available for up to 75% of total eligible project costs. Renewable energy systems grants are up to $500,000, and energy-efficiency grants are $250,000 maximum.
Applications are due April 30, 2018.

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Permalink South Dakota Specialty Crop Block Grant

South Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Projects can address specialty crop marketing, access, production, and food safety. Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, individuals and other organizations related to South Dakota's specialty crops industry.
Applications are due May 1, 2018.

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Permalink American Floral Endowment BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship

The American Floral Endowment's BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship is intended for sophomore, junior, or senior students pursuing a career in floriculture. Students will be selected on the basis of sound academic performance and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Although not mandatory, it is strongly desired that the student be interested in furthering the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) or sustainable practices, and preference will be given in this area.
Applications are due by May 1, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in New York

NRCS in New York is announcing the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of New York. A total of $I50,000 is available for CIG in FY 20I8. All non-Federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. The maximum award amount for a single award is $75,000.
Applications are due by May 1, 2018.

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Permalink Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting applications for Graduate Student Grants to fund research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region and the nation. Maximum funds awarded for projects are $16,500 for up to three years' work on the student's project. Graduate students (Master's and PhD) enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the Southern region may apply.
Applications are due by May 4, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Arizona

USDA-NRCS Arizona is offering $75,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants grants for innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. This year, there are two focus areas: grazing lands and organic agricultural systems. Non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. The maximum award amount for any project is $75,000.
Grant proposals are due May 4, 2018.

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Permalink Local Food Promotion Program

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting applications for the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). LFPP increases domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and develops new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Eligible applicants include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations, economic development corporations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, producer networks, producer associations, public benefit corporations, regional farmers markets authorities, and Tribal governments. Approximately $13.4 million will be available to fund applications. LFPP planning grant awards range from 25,000 to $100,000. LFPP implementation grant awards range from $100,000 to $500,000. A 25% cash or in-kind funding match is required.
Applications are due by May 7, 2018.

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Permalink Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting applications for approximately $13 million in competitive grant funds available to be awarded in fiscal year 2018 through the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The goals of FMPP grants are 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. FMPP offers both Capacity Building (CB) and Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance (CTA) projects. For CB projects, the minimum grant award is $50,000 and maximum award is $250,000. For CTA projects, the minimum grant award is $250,000 and maximum award $500,000. Projects can develop, improve, expand, and provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, community supported agriculture networks, community supported agriculture associations, and other agricultural business entities (for-profit groups); nonprofit corporations; public benefit corporations; economic development corporations; regional farmers market authorities; and local and tribal governments.
Applications are due by May 7, 2018.

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Permalink Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) offers grants with a one-to-one dollar match to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. Entities that are eligible to apply include State departments of agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, and other State agencies including universities and colleges. More than $1 million in funding is available in 2018.
Applications must be submitted online by May 7, 2018.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grants

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is accepting applications from graduate students in the Northeast region for the 2018 Graduate Student Grant program. Grants are open to any graduate student enrolled at an accredited college, university, or veterinary school located in the Northeast region. Applications should address issues of current or potential importance to Northeast farmers and the agricultural community including, but not limited to, cropping systems, pest management, livestock health, social sustainability on the farm, soil quality, farm energy production, farm labor, urban agriculture, and the marketing of local food. Awards are capped at $15,000.
Applications are due by May 8, 2018.

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Permalink Pacific Islands Area Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS Pacific Islands Area has announced that $300,000 is available for new Pacific Islands Area projects to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to address natural resource conservation challenges on private agricultural and forest lands. This year, Pacific Islands Area is prioritizing funding in these four areas: grazing lands, organic agriculture systems, soil health, and agroforestry.
Proposals are due May 11, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants Program in Idaho

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho plans to invest $150,000 in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, soil health and management to benefit threatened and endangered species or species of greatest conservation need. The maximum award amount for any project in Idaho this year is $75,000.
Grant proposals are due May 11, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in New Mexico

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. New Mexico NRCS will provide up to $49,000 in CIG funding for fiscal year 2018. This year, NRCS is focusing funding in these areas: grazing lands, organic agriculture systems, and soil health.
Grant proposals are due May 11, 2018.

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Permalink Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The CCOF Foundation's Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund provides support for organic education from kindergarten through college. Certified K-8 teachers in the United States can submit grant requests up to $1,000, to incorporate organic into their classroom's project-based learning. The CCOF Foundation also offers grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs, to help with tuition and educational expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor’s/four-year undergraduate degrees.
The application deadline for both programs is May 15, 2018.

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Permalink Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

USDA's Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers program, also known as the 2501 program, provides funding to eligible organizations for training and technical assistance projects designed to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating viable agricultural enterprises. A total of $8.4 million in funding is available, with maximum grant of $200,000 per project. Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribes are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by May 15, 2018.

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Permalink Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications to fund applied aquaculture research projects in the areas of: 1) genetics; 2) disease; 3) production systems; and 4) economics. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2018 is approximately $1.2 million. This program will make research awards up to $300,000. Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, all colleges and universities, other research institutions and organizations, Federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals for the purpose of conducting research, extension, or education activities to facilitate or expand promising breakthroughs in areas of the food and agricultural sciences of importance to the United States.
Applications are due by May 17, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's State-level CIG program provides competitive grants to federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. CIG funds one-to-three-year projects that target innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. The maximum federal contribution for each project is $75,000 at the state level. The $300,000 in State-level CIG funding will be used to address the following categories: grazing lands, organic agriculture systems, and soil health.
Applications must be received by May 21, 2018.

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Permalink California Alternative Manure Management Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2018 Alternative Manure Management Program. The program will provide $19 to $33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce methane emissions. Projects can include pasture-based management, solid separation, and conversion from a flush to scrape manure-collection system.
Grant applications are due by May 22, 2018.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The agency, commission, or department responsible for agriculture within any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grant funds. These funds are designated to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops: fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
The deadline for applications is May 24, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Iowa

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa has announced that $500,000 in matching funding is available for the development of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Iowa through Conservation Innovation Grants. All non-Federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2018 is $75,000. Priorities for 2018 are wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, and soil health.
Applications must be received by May 29, 2018.

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