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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 Maryland Value Added Producer Grant - Capital Assets Option

Once per year, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) offers competitive matching grants between $2,500 and $10,000 for value-added processing capital-asset projects. Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, and have been in business for a minimum of two years. In addition, applicants must be making a product that is "value added." Eligible expenses are capital assets which will help applicants expand or diversify their business operations.
Applications are due by September 27, 2018.

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Permalink Michigan Fertilizer Research Grant

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides grant opportunities to promote knowledge of fertilizer use and environmental protection. The grants are used to address fertilizer rate recommendations, application and fate of fertilizer to maximize issues around crop production and quality as well as protecting the natural environment.
Proposals are due by September 28, 2018.

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Permalink Transporting Healthy Food Grants

Distributors and producers of fresh, local foods are invited to apply to the 2018 Grant Program for Transporting Healthy Food, presented in partnership by CSX and The Conservation Fund. The grants will range from $2,500 to $10,000 and will go towards charitable organizations working to increase access to fresh vegetables, meat, fish and dairy in vulnerable and underserved communities. The grants are used by charitable producers and retailers in a number of ways, including the following examples: acquiring refrigerated vehicles for direct delivery to markets, food hubs or distribution centers; financing mobile market trucks and food stands to bring fresh food to isolated communities; improving on-site and mobile processing and storage—freezing, drying or refrigeration—of vegetables, meats and seafood needed for distribution; and purchasing produce boxes and cold storage bins to keep unsold food fresh for the next day’s farmers market or wholesale purchase. The grants are given to charitable organizations in the 22 states where CSX operates—Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Applications are due by September 28, 2018.

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Permalink Rhode Island Statewide Conservation People’s Garden Project

The USDA-NRCS Rhode Island 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. Proposals will be accepted from eligible entities for projects located throughout Rhode Island. NRCS anticipates that the total amount awarded under this announcement in Federal fiscal year 2019 will be approximately $60,000. Individual awards range from $3,000 to $25,000. Proposals are requested 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.
Proposals are due by September 29, 2018.

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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 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 Indiana Livestock Grant

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture's livestock grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. Educational programs, livestock shows/exhibitions, conventions and similar events and projects are eligible to apply for livestock promotion funding. The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution. Both the livestock promotion and market development grants will reimburse up to 50% of the amount spent to conduct or support the projects, programs, and events outlined in each of the grants. The grants are open to non-profit organizations, commissions, and associations with a nonprofit status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture, and rabbits.
Applications are due by October 1, 2018.

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Permalink New York Farm to School Grant Program

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets invites proposals that will increase the capacity of schools to procure and to serve locally produced farm products in school meals programs. A total of $1.5 million is available. Individual awards range between $25,000 and $100,000. Eligible applicants include local governments, charter schools, nonprofits, and Indian tribal organizations.
Proposals are due on October 1, 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, or basic and applied research. All funding proposals must clearly demonstrate the ability to directly benefit Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. 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. Grants are available in three levels: Grants $2,500 or less require no matching funds, grants $2,501 - $5,000 require some level of cash or in-kind match in funds, and grants $5,001 - $10,000 require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.
Applications are due October 1, 2018.

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Permalink Texas Young Farmer Grant Program

The Texas Department of Agriculture administers the Young Farmer Grant program, which provides financial assistance in the form of dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to young agricultural producers that are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas. Applications will be accepted from individuals 18 to 46 years of age as of the application deadline, who are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.
Applications must be received by October 2, 2018.

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Permalink Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program

First Nations Development Institute will award five $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. The applicant must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, tribally affiliated and able to provide documentation.
Applications must be submitted by October 4, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Value-Added Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $1 million in Value-Added Grants to advance Minnesota’s agricultural marketing and renewable energy resources. The goal of the Value-Added Grant Program is to boost sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets, increasing market access, and ensuring value-added food products are safe to eat. New or established for-profit businesses may apply for funding to stimulate development of value-added agricultural products through added processing, marketing, or manufacturing. Grant funds reimburse up to 25% of the total project cost. A maximum grant amount of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000 will be awarded in this funding cycle. Equipment purchases and facility improvements are eligible.
Applications must be received by October 5, 2018.

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Permalink CalAgPlate Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is accepting proposals for the 2018 California Agriculture Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. This program makes available $250,000 in grant funding to promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at the K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels. Funding is available on a competitive basis for state-adopted Agricultural Education Programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs.
The application deadline is October 5, 2018.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Research & Education Grant Program

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Awards range from $10,000 to $200,000. This program 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. The North Central Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Preproposals are due by October 18, 2018.

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Permalink Maine Dairy Improvement Fund Loan Program

The Dairy Improvement Fund (DIF) is a new revolving loan program to help Maine dairy farms and enterprises fund capital improvements to maintain and enhance the viability of their farms. The program was developed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and is administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. The DIF program will assist farms that are engaged in the commercial production of cow milk or cow milk products. Funds may be used for implementation of design, construction, or improvement of approved equipment and building purchases.

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Permalink Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Ohio

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2019 EQIP funding in Ohio. Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Financial assistance is available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, forestry, pasture operations, and organic. Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations, applying best management practices, and more.
For fiscal year 2019 funding, applications must be submitted by October 19, 2018.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Partnership Grants

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for its Partnership Grant program, 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 $40,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 14 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $560,000 is available for this program.
The deadline for submitting proposals is October 24, 2018.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at USDA offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The program stimulates technological innovations in the private sector and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses. The SBIR program also fosters and encourages participation by women-owned and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses. Small Business Concerns can apply for Phase I grants up to $100,000 over eight months to support early or "seed" stage research and development.
Applications are due October 25, 2018.

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Permalink Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Grant

The Northern NY Agricultural Development Program is accepting applications for its small grants program for 2019-2020. This program is offering a total of $600,000 to support projects that focus on research, education, and technical assistance in support of the agricultural production sectors in the six-county Northern New York (NNY) Region. Projects should include one or more research sites in the NNY Region, and the outreach component of the project must reach all six counties.
Proposals must be submitted on or before October 29, 2018.

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

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now taking applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants. The MDA will award up to $377,500 total to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota grown and raised foods through planning and feasibility studies, or equipment purchases and physical improvements. The following groups are eligible to apply: public or private schools or school districts, economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, and educational service cooperatives. Planning grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Equipment Purchase and Physical Improvement Grants cover up to 50% of the total project costs. Awards can range from $1,000 to $50,000.
Applications are due by November 1, 2018.

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Permalink USDA Assistance for Flood-Damaged Ag Land

USDA is offering assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to South Carolina farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Florence. USDA is holding a special signup through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Kershaw, and contiguous counties. Conservation practices also available through EQIP can address flood and wind damage, excessive runoff that is causing hurricane-related natural resource concerns and preparation to provide protection from exceptional storm events in the future. Farmers and ranchers seeking NRCS financial and technical assistance can sign up at their local NRCS office.
The first signup period ends September 28, 2018. A second signup period will end on November 2, 2018.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program Grants

The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is accepting proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) grants. These grants focus on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. 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. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000.
Proposals are due by November 7, 2018.

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Permalink Scholarships for Livestock and Poultry Farmers

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) will award scholarships of up to $400, as funding allows, for livestock and poultry farmers to attend conferences and training events to learn humane animal management practices. FACT is accepting applications for scholarships to the CFSA Annual Conference that will be held November 9-11, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. Scholarships will reimburse conference registration fees.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers until funding is depleted.

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Permalink Michigan Rural Development Fund Grants

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides grant opportunities to promote the sustainability of land-based industries 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 and micropolitan statistical areas. Eligible applicants include individuals, organizations, businesses, educational institutions, Federally recognized tribes, and local units of government.
Proposals are due by November 14, 2018.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Youth Educator Grant

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) Youth Educator Grants are competitive grants up to $4,000 for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Projects should help youth discover that sustainable farming and ranching is profitable; good for families, communities, and their quality of life; and good for the environment long term.
Proposals are due November 15, 2018.

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Permalink Southern SARE Producer Grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting applications for the 2019 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region. Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project. Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue.
The proposal submission deadline is November 16, 2018.

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Permalink 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program

Agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations through the 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). Eligible crops, trees, bushes, or vines, located in a county declared in a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration or Secretarial Disaster Designation as a primary county are eligible for assistance if the producer suffered a loss as a result of a 2017 hurricane. In addition, agricultural production losses due to conditions caused by 2017 wildfires and hurricanes, including excessive rain, high winds, flooding, mudslides, fire, and heavy smoke, could qualify for assistance through the program. Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or NAP coverage is available, excluding crops intended for grazing. Eligibility will be determined for each producer based on the size of the loss and the level of insurance coverage elected by the producer. Both insured and uninsured producers are eligible to apply for 2017 WHIP. However, all producers receiving 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase crop insurance and/or NAP, at the 60% coverage level or higher, for the next two available crop years to meet statutory requirements. Producers who did not insure their crops in 2017 will receive 65% of the expected value of the crop. Insured producers will receive between 70% and 95% of expected value.
Signup is open until November 16, 2018.

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