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Permalink Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area has announced the availability of up to $220,000 in 2017 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in the Caribbean Area. Applications are requested from eligible government agencies, non-governmental organizations, or individuals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award amount for any project is $75,000 in FY 2017.
The closing date to submit applications is April 28, 2017.

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Permalink Illinois Specialty Crop Grants

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants. The agency anticipates Illinois will receive approximately $525,000 from USDA to distribute to state projects that expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce and strengthen the competitiveness of the specialty crop industry. Priority issues for projects to address are listed online.
Applications are due April 28, 2017.

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Permalink New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (NHDAMF) is accepting applications for approximately $225,000 in funding under the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program. NHDAMF is seeking proposals from eligible commodity groups, agriculture organizations, colleges and universities, municipalities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations for this grant program. These projects must aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of New Hampshire specialty crops.
Applications must be submitted by April 28, 2017.

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Permalink New Jersey Specialty Crop Block Grants

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for 2018 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants. To be eligible for a grant, projects must "enhance the competitiveness" of specialty crops and might include, but are not limited to: research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, "buy local" programs, increased consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development and developing cooperatives.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 28, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Oregon

NRCS Oregon requests proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals will be accepted from any eligible entity for projects within the state of Oregon. For fiscal year 2017, up to $250,000 may be available for the Oregon statewide CIG competition. Proposals up to $75,000 are requested from eligible nonfederal government or non-government organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects one to three years in duration. Funding priorities are available online.
Applications are due by April 28, 2017.

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Permalink Minor Crop Pest Management Program IR-4

National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Minor Crop Pest Management Program – Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) for fiscal year 2017 to provide safe, effective, and economical pest-management solutions for minor agricultural use and use on specialty crops. NIFA anticipates funding five projects: one to establish a national headquarters and four to establish geographically based regional IR-4 centers. Applications may be submitted by eligible colleges and universities.
Applications are due May 1, 2017.

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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. These grants award a maximum of $16,500 for up to three years' work by PhD and Masters students at accredited institutions in the Southern region. Research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region are eligible for submission.
Proposal submission deadline is May 5, 2017.

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Permalink Mississippi Conservation Technical Assistance

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mississippi is offering $2 million in Cooperative Agreements to increase the participation of Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers, including Beginning Farmers, Limited Resource producers, Socially Disadvantaged Landowners, and Veterans, in USDA programs while increasing their access to and awareness of present and future conservation programs and practices. The primary focus will be but not limited to the 66 StrikeForce Counties in Mississippi to expand the number and depth of engagement of the landowners they serve in NRCS Programs, and to report on outcomes achieved. It includes case studies, scientific research, and pilot agricultural community projects that include rural and semi-rural. The NRCS is requesting applications from qualified individuals and organizations that share a common interest in the conservation and restoration of natural resources throughout Mississippi.
Applications are due May 5, 2017.

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Permalink Ohio Specialty Crop Promotion Program

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is accepting applications for projects to enhance the competitiveness of Ohio specialty crops. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service will allocate funding to Ohio, and ODA will award multiple grants of $25,000 to $150,000 from these funds. Applications will be accepted from food and agricultural non-profit organizations, cooperatives, associations, or commodity groups, universities, and research institutions that represent specific specialty crop sectors.
The application deadline is May 5, 2017.

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Permalink NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2017 to address critical state, regional, and national integrated pest management (IPM) needs to ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges. In FY 2017, NIFA will competitively solicit only the Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP) and the Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) applications. Approximately $4.1 million is available for ARDP and $8.0 million for EIP. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
The application deadline is May 9, 2017.

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Permalink Indiana Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, funded by USDA. These grants are available to nonprofits, producers (must impact multiple producers), academic institutions, government agencies, and others to fund projects that will enhance the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops. Potential projects could focus on improved varieties, pest and disease control, food safety, increasing knowledge of specialty crops, improving distribution, sustainability, and other topics.
Proposals are due May 10, 2017.

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Permalink Kansas Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Approximately $295,000 in funding is expected to be available. Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract. Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.
Applications are due by May 12, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Maryland

Maryland NRCS is offering Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for projects within the state that focus on soil health, nutrient management, and wildlife. Soil health submissions can address a wide range of topics, including crop diversity, grazing management, and soil water-holding capacity. Innovative approaches that manage and optimize nutrient management to reduce downstream nutrient loads and maintain agricultural productivity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also strongly encouraged. CIG grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years' duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. Entities and individuals, including state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations from Maryland may apply.
Applications are due by May 12, 2017.

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Permalink Future Organic Farmer Grant

The CCOF Foundation gives 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. Applicants' financial need is taken into account for grant decisions. Up to 33 awards of $2,500 are available.
Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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Permalink Massachusetts Farm Viability Enhancement Program

The Farm Viability Program seeks to improve the economic viability and environmental integrity of participating farms in Massachusetts through the development and implementation of farm viability plans. The program offers farmers environmental, technical, and business-planning assistance to expand, upgrade, and modernize their existing operations. Capital for the implementation of the improvements recommended in the viability plan is available in exchange for an agricultural covenant on the farm property for a fixed term of five or 10 years.
The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

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Permalink NIFA Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program

The Aquaculture Research Competitive Grants Program supports development of an environmentally and economically sustainable U.S. aquaculture industry by generating new, science-based information and technology to address industry constraints. Results of projects supported by this program are intended to help improve the profitability of the U.S. aquaculture industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, increase domestic food security, provide markets for U.S.-produced products, increase domestic aquaculture business investment opportunities, and provide more jobs for rural and coastal America. This year, NIFA is soliciting applied aquaculture research applications that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on identified program area priorities, including design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems. In total, $1.2 million is available for aquaculture research projects in the areas of genetics, disease, production systems, and economics.
Applications are due by May 17, 2017.

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Permalink Western SARE Graduate Student Grants

Western SARE is accepting applications for Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture for 2018. Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region can apply for a maximum of $25,000 for projects up to two years in duration. Proposals must address issues in sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the western region and must involve agricultural producers.
Applications are due by May 17, 2017.

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Permalink Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for this Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Challenge Area, which focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches that integrate new technologies and strategic management to solve water availability and quality challenges in food-production systems. The projects are expected to transform how abundant, safe, and nutritious food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed within the limits of available water from traditional and non-traditional sources. Applications are invited from eligible entities to submit integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects in two specific grant types: Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAP) and Strengthening (Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement) CAP grants. Eligibility is linked to the project type. NIFA anticipates that approximately $34 million will be available for new grants.
A letter of intent to apply is due May 17, 2017.

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Permalink National Water Quality Initiative in Florida

Agricultural producers in three Florida watersheds can apply for financial assistance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve water quality in high-priority streams and rivers. The watersheds are Deep Creek and Clarks Creek on the Lower St. Johns River within Putnam and St. Johns counties and the Little Scurlock Creek Watershed on the Lower Choctawhatchee River within Jackson and Washington counties. The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) helps farmers and ranchers adopt conservation practices such as improving soil nutrient management, planting cover crops, using conservation cropping systems, establishing filter strips, and monitoring water quality.
Applications must be submitted by May 19, 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 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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