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Permalink Conservation Agreements for Implementing Key Conservation Objectives in Delaware

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Delaware Office is seeking proposals for collaborative conservation grants to help address Delaware's most pressing natural resource concerns. Up to $500,000 in grants will be made available statewide. NRCS will select proposals that leverage USDA and partner resources to effectively implement projects. Successful proposals will address at least one of the following: improving soil health on cropland, providing technical and financial assistance to farmers/landowners in Delaware, providing habitat for local wildlife species of concern as identified in the Delaware Wildlife Action Plan, or supporting the Delaware Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Proposals are due by June 22, 2018.

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Permalink Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

USDA Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants to help non-profit housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized tribes support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects. Matching grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available.
Applications are due by June 25, 2018.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced the availability of up to $80 million in funding for integrated projects to increase sustainable production of food and agricultural products. Funding is made through a new program in NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program. This program focuses on system-level approaches that promote transformational changes in food and agricultural systems within the next 25 years. Applications are solicited for projects focused on increasing agricultural productivity; optimizing water and nitrogen use efficiency; protecting yield losses from stresses, diseases and pests; reducing food-borne diseases; and advancing development of biobased fuels, chemicals, and coproducts. Eligible applicants include colleges and universities, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, and Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.
The deadline to submit a letter of intent is June 27, 2018.

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Permalink Kentucky On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program

Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund administers the On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program, which provides funding for Kentucky farm families to increase the energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities. Successful applicants may receive up to 50% reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy-saving item, up to $10,000. Applicants may also be reimbursed an additional $150 for a third-party energy audit.
Applications are due four times yearly; the next application deadline is June 29, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants

Minnesota Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants provide $120,000 for the upcoming fiscal year for cost reimbursement of approved practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts. Eligible expenses for the grant program will include any or all of the following items: purchase of guard animals; veterinary costs for guard animals; installation of wolf-barriers which may include pens, fladry, and fencing; installation of wolf-deterring lights and alarms; calving or lambing shelters; and other measures demonstrated to effectively reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.
Applications are due by June 29, 2018.

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Permalink Citrus Disease Research and Extension

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests pre-applications for Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE) for fiscal year 2018 to advance research and extension to develop management strategies for huanglongbing. 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, to conduct research and extension activities, technical assistance and development activities to: (a) combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive and including huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid, and (b) provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research and extension activities funded through SCRI/CDRE and other research and extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests. Total program funding is $21.7 million.
Applications are due June 29, 2018.

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Permalink Vermont Producer Association Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for the Vermont Producer Association Grant Program. Eligible applicants must be Vermont-based non-profit organizations that represent and promote Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, and/or fiber products. A total of $16,000 in grants funds are available and grants of $1,000 to $2,000 will be awarded to provide funding for marketing projects. Project proposals need to be part of an established, multi-year marketing plan and growth strategy of the industry represented and must end before November 15, 2018.
Applications are accepted beginning May 3, 2018.

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Permalink Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund

Frontier Farm Credit offers grants through its Working Here Fund for projects and organizations that make a positive impact in eastern Kansas. There are two options of funding available through our Working Here Fund. Both funding options are designed to impact Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition, and Essential Services/Disaster Relief needs. The first option provides grant funding of up to $2,000 each. A second option of grant funding of up to $10,000 each is available for larger, more long-term community projects.
Grant deadline is June 30, 2018.

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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, provided on a cost-share basis, must be used for marketing and utilization, cooperative marketing, farm diversification and basic and applied research. All funding proposals must clearly demonstrate the ability to directly benefit Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Applications are accepted quarterly.
The next application deadline is July 2, 2018.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Research and Education Grant Program

Northeast SARE's Research and Education Grant program funds projects that result in gains in farmer knowledge and skills applied to make changes that lead to greater sustainability throughout the Northeast region. Projects may be submitted with or without an applied research component, but all projects must have an outcome-based education program for farmers. Reviewers prefer projects in the $30,000 to $200,000 range. Applicants must have the institutional capacity and support networks necessary to carry out the project.
Preproposals are due July 10, 2018.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development grant program funds projects that train agricultural service providers such as Cooperative Extension, state department of agriculture personnel, crop consultants, veterinarians, farm advisors with private businesses, and nonprofit organizations about sustainable practices and approaches so that they, in turn, can educate farmers. Reviewers prefer projects in the $30,000 to $150,000 range. Northeast SARE serves Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The deadline for preproposals is July 10, 2018.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program

Northeast SARE's Research for Novel Approaches in Sustainable Agriculture grant program funds projects that conduct applied research leading to the feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers. These practices may be related to production, marketing, business management, human resource management, farm family issues, or other topics related to sustainable agriculture. Reviewers prefer projects in the $30,000 to $200,000 range.
The deadline for preproposals is July 10, 2018.

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Permalink Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Pilot Grant Program

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health offers grant funding to both researchers and community organizations engaged in agricultural safety and health activities. The objective of this grant program is to serve as an incubator for new agricultural health and safety research, prevention, intervention, outreach, and translation projects that have high likelihood of leading to more comprehensive activities. The Center anticipates funding three projects up to $30,000 each. Pilot projects addressing aging, sleep deprivation, chemical safety, and mental health will be highly emphasized.
Proposals must be received by July 16, 2018.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational and Applied Science Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational and Applied Science Program for FY 2018. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension projects for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1. Plant health and production and plant products; 2. Animal health and production and animal products; 3. Food safety, nutrition, and health; 4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; 5. Agriculture systems and technology; and 6. Agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for new grants is approximately $182 million. Grant types and project types solicited vary by program area priority.
Letter of intent deadlines and application deadlines vary by program area, beginning July 18, 2018.

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Permalink Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health Pilot/Feasibility Projects Program

The Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health works with the agricultural community in the central states and beyond, conducting research, intervention, education, and outreach activities that aim to discover the mechanisms of injury and illness, and to develop, evaluate, and implement effective prevention strategies. The Center is accepting applications up to $20,000 for pilot/feasibility projects that can lead to the development of new and creative research, prevention, intervention, outreach, education, evaluation, or translation findings and outcomes. Pilot projects are primarily intended to assist investigators to obtain pilot data that can be used in pursuing support through other funding mechanisms. Research conducted in or involving participants and
communities in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri will be given priority.
A letter of intent to apply is due by July 20, 2018.

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Permalink California Agricultural Water Efficiency Funding

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, is providing $2.5 million in funding to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of six water/irrigation districts in California. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements, through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), with water-supply infrastructure upgrades, funded through Reclamation’s WaterSmart program. On-farm projects that address insufficient water, water quality degradation or inefficient energy use will be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. Eligible conservation practices include, but are not limited to, cover crops, sediment basins, fencing, irrigation systems, livestock pipelines, and other practices that facilitate improvements to water management.
The cutoff date for this funding is July 27, 2018.

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Permalink Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program

The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand, or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for matching grants of up to $200,000 to develop and operate a Rural Cooperative Development Center.
Applications are due online by July 24, 2018, or in hard copy by July 30, 2018.

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Permalink Risk Management Education Partnership Program

USDA Risk Management Agency is accepting applications for up to $4.16 million in Risk Management Partnership cooperative agreements. This program supports the delivery of crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk. The program gives priority to: (1) educating producers of crops currently not insured under Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities, including livestock and forage; and (2) providing collaborative partnerships to develop and deliver crop insurance education and other risk management training. Non-profit organizations, state agencies, and colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
Applications must be received by July 30, 2018.

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Permalink Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program, which provides technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible to apply for a maximum of $175,000 to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. This assistance can include feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training.
Applications are due by July 24, 2018, if submitted online and by July 30, 2018, if submitted in hard copy.

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Permalink Jane Kile Memorial Scholarship

Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) is accepting applications for the Jane Kile Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Montana residents actively looking to better attend to land health and preservation. This year, the scholarship will grant $600 to one recipient, as well as a one-year AERO membership and a ticket to the Expo and Annual Meeting in October.
Applications are due by July 31, 2018.

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Permalink Farm Credit East AgEnhancement Grant

Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help organizations promote awareness and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products in the six New England states, New York, and New Jersey. There are three application deadlines each year.
The next application deadline is August 1, 2018.

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Permalink Mountain Rose Herbs Giving Project

Mountain Rose Herbs will award three grants in the amount of $4,000 each to those who demonstrate that they share the company's mission-driven philosophy, passion for herbalism, and commitment to protecting the planet. Applicants can be herbal learners, home herbalists, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations who just need a little assistance to make their vision a reality. Projects eligible for funding include herbalism and herbal education, protection of native and medicinal plants, environmental stewardship, and organic and sustainable agriculture. Applicants must create and post a three-minute video describing their proposed project.
Applications are due by August 1, 2018.

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Permalink Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in Indiana

Indiana's USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP restores and protects Indiana's critical wetlands and grasslands, which helps productive farms remain in agriculture and provides important habitat for wildlife and plant species. This program includes both Wetland Reserve Easements and Agricultural Land Easements.
Applications for the next funding round, the 2019 fiscal year of funding, must be submitted on or before August 17, 2018.

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Permalink New York Farmland Protection Implementation Grants

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invites proposals for financial assistance to implement Conservation Easement Projects with owners of viable agricultural lands that are at risk of conversion to non-farm uses. Proposals may be submitted by county agricultural and farmland protection boards, municipalities with a farmland protection plan, non-profit organizations, and soil and water conservation districts. The Department has made available $37.8 million for Conservation Easement Awards up to $2 million each.
Proposals are due by August 31, 2018.

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Permalink Scholarships for Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) Stakeholders Conference

Farmer veterans who would like to attend this year's Farmer Veteran Coalition Stakeholders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, from November 14 -17, 2018, may apply for a scholarship for travel and lodging. Individual scholarships are available to to FVC Veteran Members only. The number and value of individual awards will be based on available funding.
Apply by September 1, 2018.

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