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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 Nebraska Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funding available to help Nebraska farmers control erosion on their cropland. This funding is available through a special Ephemeral Gully Control Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Measures can include cover crops, grassed waterways, and conservation buffers.
Application deadline is July 20, 2018.

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Permalink Nebraska Big Sandy Watershed Water Quality Initiative

Landowners in the Big Sandy Watershed in Nebraska can apply to NRCS for funds to install conservation practices that improve water quality. This Initiative provides eligible landowners financial assistance to install conservation practices like cover crops, terraces, irrigation water management, and buffer strips to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality in the Big Sandy Watershed located in portions of Thayer and Fillmore counties. Landowners interested in applying for conservation practice funds should visit their local NRCS office.
The application deadline has been extended to July 20, 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 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 Outreach and Technical Workshop Activities in Alabama

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is requesting applications to provide outreach and technical workshops. The services will consist of preparing and hosting workshops covering Outreach and/or Technical Topic content. The objectives of the Conservation Technical Assistance program is to provide technical assistance to private landowners and landusers in conservation planning and contracting, design, layout, and installation of conservation practices. Applications are being requested from all eligible domestic applicants for competitive consideration of cooperative agreement awards up to $50,000 each, for a period from September 19, 2018 through September 30, 2019.
Applications are due by July 27, 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 Mississippi NRCS Conservation Technical Assistance

The Mississippi State Office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking proposals from natural resource conservation partners that share a common interest in the conservation and restoration of natural resources throughout Mississippi. These proposals will provide technical assistance for outreach, education, technology, and/or engineering with a focus on the newest technology and most up-to-date methods for implementing best management practices, developing novel, cutting-edge proposals to meet conservation goals, and delivering service in the most efficient, economical way. Cooperative agreements range from $75,000 to $275,000.
Applications are due by July 30, 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 Cedar Tree Foundation Regenerative Grazing Initiative

A national program of the Cedar Tree Foundation, the Regenerative Grazing Initiative will provide significant support to a small number of not-for-profit organizations that are expanding the adoption of regenerative grazing practices in the USA. In 2018, grantmaking for this initiative will focus on work in the following states: Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota; Oklahoma and Missouri; and the Northeast. Cedar Tree plans to award three to four grants for three years each, with an award size between $100,000 and $160,000 per year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three years.
Letters of inquiry are due by August 8, 2018.

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Permalink Montana Conservation Garden Project

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Montana State Office is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with likeminded natural resource conservation partners to develop community gardens, pollinator gardens, and/or seasonal high tunnels. The overall intent of this opportunity is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities. Proposals will be accepted from eligible entities for projects located in Montana. Proposals are requested for competitive consideration of grant awards for one year in duration from city or township governments, county governments, special districts, state governments, nonprofit organizations, independent school districts, institutions of higher education, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. NRCS anticipates that the total amount awarded under this announcement in Federal fiscal year 2018 will be approximately $100,000, with a minimum award of $3,000 and a maximum award of $13,500.
Applications are due by August 10, 2018.

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Permalink AERO Expo Farmer Fellow

AERO has received funding through a Western SARE Mini-Grant to help bring six beginning (five years or less on-farm experience) and/or military veteran farmers to this year's Expo and Annual Meeting in Missoula, Montana, October 26-28, 2018. Expo Farmer Fellows receive a full weekend ticket to the Expo covering meals; two nights lodging; travel reimbursement; participation in a small session with keynote speaker and agroecology expert Dr Miguel Altieri; and a one-year AERO membership. In exchange, Fellows agree to write a brief essay on their experience and knowledge gained, which AERO will use for reporting and to feature in its quarterly newsletter.
Applications are due by August 15, 2018.

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Permalink Fish and Wildlife Service Region 4 Science Applications Projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Science Applications, has received over $2 million annually in the past to support landscape conservation throughout the southeast United States, including the U.S. Caribbean. Depending on the level of funding available this year, up to 15 projects addressing the five themes listed below will be supported: I. Streamlining regulations through the development of conservation Blueprints II. Support at-risk species conservation and State Wildlife Action Plan implementation III. Support Gulf coast restoration IV. Strategic investments V. Balancing human and ecological water needs There are no restrictions on eligibility, all potential applicants are eligible.
Proposals must be submitted by August 15, 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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Permalink New York Trees for Tribs Grant Program

The Trees for Tribs Grant Program supports efforts to reforest New York's tributaries, or small creeks and streams, which flow into and feed larger rivers and lakes. The goal of the program is to support communities in planting young trees and shrubs along stream corridors, also known as riparian areas, to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, as well as protect water quality. Approximately $525,000 in grant funding from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, administered by Department of Environmental Conservation's Division of Lands and Forests, is available for eligible projects in the Great Lakes Priority, Mohawk Priority, and Statewide Priority watersheds.
Applications must be submitted by September 7, 2018.

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

It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate social, ecological, physical, and built environments to provide for growing demand for food, energy and water (FEW) in the short term while also maintaining appropriate ecosystem services for the future. The overarching goal of the INFEWS program is to catalyze well-integrated, convergent research to transform understanding of the FEW Nexus as integrated social, engineering, physical, and natural systems in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. This solicitation allows the partner agencies--National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)--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.
Proposals are due September 26, 2018.

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Permalink Iowa Conservation Cost Share Program

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is reminding farmers that $7.8 million is available through the state conservation cost share program to help farmers and landowners install conservation practices. Farmers can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District offices to apply for assistance of up to 50% of the cost of the project. Conservation practices eligible for assistance through this program include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several others. Farmers who have identified conservation needs following recent flooding should contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District office.

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Permalink New York State Grown & Certified Agriculture Producers Grant Program

Agricultural producers in the seven North Country counties who want to become certified in the NYS Grown & Certified Program can apply for grant funding of up to $50,000 to help meet the food safety standards necessary for participation in the certification program. Applicants are required to contribute 10% of the total project cost in the form of cash equity. Eligible commodities are produce, dairy, shellfish, eggs, beef, poultry, pork, maple products, alcoholic beverages, and beverage ingredients.

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Permalink Simply Organic Giving Fund

The Simply Organic Giving Fund strives to nourish the millions of food insecure by providing them access to healthy, organic food. Domestic, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations or grassroots groups serving the food insecure are encouraged to apply for Simply Organic Giving Fund grants. Successful grant applications should meet one or more of the following program priorities: promote access to organic food options, utilize and distribute organic food/meals, and provide nutrition counseling and food-preparation education.
Applications are due by October 31, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Zero-Interest Loans for Farmers Affected by Flooding

Minnesota farmers affected by the recent flooding can take advantage of a zero-percent Disaster Loan Program offered by the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The program helps farmers cover flood clean-up, repair, and replacement costs not covered by insurance. Loans are available to farmers in 36 counties and the Red Lake Nation. The loans can be used to help clean up farm operations, repair or replace farm structures, and replace seed, other crop inputs, feed, and livestock. The loan may also be used to repair and restore farm real estate that was damaged by flooding. RFA participation is limited to 45% of the principal amount, up to a maximum of $200,000.

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