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October 2017

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Permalink Northern NY Agricultural Development Program Small Grants

The Northern NY Agricultural Development Program small grants program for 2017-2018 will support projects that focus on research, education, and technical assistance in support of the agricultural production sectors in the six-county NNY Region (Lewis, Jefferson, St.Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties). Eligible projects must focus their activities at the Cornell E.V. Baker Research Farm in Willsboro, the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, other agriculture research farm facilities and/or other operating farms across the NNY region. Each project must contain research as well as education and/or technical assistance components.
Proposals must be submitted on or before October 23, 2017.

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Permalink Healthy Places, Healthy People

EPA's Healthy Places for Healthy People engages with community leaders and health care partners to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods that can improve health, protect the environment, and support economic growth. Healthy Places for Healthy People will provide selected communities with planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Eligible applicants include local government representatives, health care facilities, local health departments, neighborhood associations, main street districts, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and others proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city located anywhere in the United States.
Applications are due by October 25, 2017.

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Permalink Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places helps cities and towns across the country protect the environment and human health by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods as they develop local food systems. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide selected communities planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. At the workshop, a team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that promotes local food and neighborhood revitalization. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States.
Applications are due by October 25, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-Sare Partnership Grant Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant program is 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 $30,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 10 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
Proposals must be submitted online by October 26, 2017.

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Permalink GrassWorks Grazing Conference Scholarship

GrassWorks is offering 10 scholarships to attend the GrassWorks Grazing Conference in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, January 30 - February 1, 2018. The event will educate, inspire, and motivate new organic farmers to learn about managed grazing, holistic grazing, and grass and how it all works together for the organic farmer.
Applications are due by October 31, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Livestock Water Supply Program

North Dakota State Water Commission has reactivated the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program. Eligible livestock producers in drought proclamation counties (listed online) may qualify for up to $3,500 in cost-share assistance, for up to three projects, on the following items: new water wells; new rural water system connections; new pipeline extensions, pasture taps, and associated works; and labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program

Western SARE Professional Development Program (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. Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers, and the public. Funding is capped at $75,000 per project.
Applications are due by November 1, 2017.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant

NCR-SARE Youth Educator Grant projects provide opportunities for youth in the 12-state 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. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.
Proposals are due by November 2, 2017.

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Permalink Southern IPM Center IPM Enhancement Grants

The Southern Region IPM Center requests applications for the IPM Enhancement Grants Program, to enhance the development and implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the southern region of the United States. Proposals are being accepted for IPM Documents, Working Groups, Seed Projects, and Capstone Projects. Eligible applicants include private individuals and institutions, faculty and qualified staff of four-year universities, businesses, commodity organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Approximately $230,000 is available. Most projects are limited to $30,000.
Proposals are due by November 3, 2017.

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Permalink Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Business Grants

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont's Working Lands economy through technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. Farm and forest businesses in Vermont may apply for matching grants of $5,000 to $50,000 for infrastructure, marketing, or research and development. Requests over $20,000 will be analyzed for demonstration of supply chain or industry impacts.
A letter of intent is due by November 7, 2017.

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Permalink Michigan Value-Added Grant Program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a grant opportunity to promote the expansion of value-added agriculture production, processing, and access within the state to enhance Michigan's food and agriculture industry. MDARD will accept proposals that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract, and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or expand access to healthy food. Applicants must provide a 30% cash match for grants up to the $125,000 maximum. Funding will be focused on food hub development, food access, or value-added food processing.
Proposals are due November 7, 2017.

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Permalink Michigan Food Safety Training and Education Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is accepting proposals for $100,000 in food safety education grants. The grants help fund training and education to consumers on food safety or training and education to food-service establishment employees and enforcement agents. The selection committee has historically awarded grants annually averaging $5,000 to $75,000.
Applications are due by November 9, 2017.

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Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Savings Incentive Program

Practical Farmers of Iowa's Savings Incentive Program offers beginning farmers the opportunity to receive guidance from a farm mentor and earn up to $4,800 while working to complete or update a farm business plan.The two-year Savings Incentive Program works by encouraging enrollees to save up to $100 per month for two years. After 24 months and completion of all program requirements, participants will earn a dollar-for-dollar match on money saved up to $2,400, to use toward the purchase of a farm asset. Applicants must either be farming on their own now and have farmed for five or fewer years, be farming in Iowa, and be a PFI member.
Apply to participate in the 2018-2019 class by November 11, 2017.

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Permalink Western North Carolina Agricultural Options

WNC Agricultural Options is accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. The program helps offset farmers' risk of starting ventures or growing new operations with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agents to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. WNC AgOptions offers grants for farms in the following counties/units of North Carolina: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
Applications must be received by November 14, 2017.

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Permalink Montana Growth Through Agriculture

Growth Through Agriculture is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Projects should primarily add value to Montana's agricultural products and have the potential to create and/or retain jobs in Montana. Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs. A $1 for $1 match is required for all proposals.
Applications are due by November 15, 2017.

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Permalink IPM Partnership Grants Program

Projects funded through the IPM Partnership Grants Program must further the mission of the Northeastern IPM Center, address or identify regional IPM stakeholder priorities, and benefit the region at large. Extension projects are encouraged. Funded projects are expected to contribute significantly to the adoption and/or development of IPM by addressing regional priorities. The IPM Partnership Grants Program funds three types of projects: IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications. A total of $250,000 is available for 2017, with a maximum of $50,000 per project depending on project type. Public and private institutions or organizations, businesses, commodity groups, and private individuals are eligible to apply. Project Directors must reside in the Northeast.
Online proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2017.

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

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants through its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) program. MDA will award up to $400,000 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota-grown and -raised foods through planning and feasibility studies or equipment purchases and physical improvements.
Applications must be submitted by November 16, 2017.

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Permalink North Central IPM Center Working Group Grants Program

North Central Integrated Pest Management Center (NCIPMC) announces the availability of funds and requests proposals for Working Groups that support the NCIPMC and regional IPM priorities. Working Groups are to support collaboration among diverse groups to collaboratively address a regional IPM priority. Approximately $300,000 is available for this competitive subcontracts program. The lead project investigator must reside in the North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin), although project participants may reside
outside the region.
Proposals are due November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE Producer Grants

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting proposals for Producer Grants from farmers and ranchers in 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.
Proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Missouri

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the cut-off date to apply for fiscal year 2018 funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Missouri. EQIP allows farmers, ranchers, forestland managers, and landowners to conserve natural resources by making available financial assistance to improve soil, water, air, plants, animals, and related resources. Applications for several initiatives are included in this cut-off date: On-Farm Energy, Seasonal High Tunnel, Monarch Butterfly Habitat Development Project, Organic, Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds, and National Water Quality. In addition, assistance through nine Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects will also be available.
Applications must be filed by November 17, 2017, to be eligible for the next round of funding.

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Permalink EQIP and ACEP in South Carolina

USDA NRCS is accepting applications from South Carolina farmers, ranchers and private landowners for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) for fiscal year 2018 funding. EQIP and ACEP are voluntary conservation programs that provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and landowners. EQIP funding allows eligible producers to plan and implement conservation practices on private land that provide solutions to natural resource concerns, such as reduced soil erosion, improved soil health and water quality, and protection of wildlife habitat. Examples of conservation practices include rotational grazing systems, cover crops, manure management facilities and water irrigation systems. ACEP helps protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat by encouraging private landowners to limit future development and maintain land for farming and ranching. There are two programs available under ACEP: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).
The application deadline for 2018 funding is November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting proposals from agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are eligible to apply. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000.
The proposal submission deadline is November 17, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Crop Research Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced $1.5 million available to applicants for applied Crop Research Grants through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Program. The maximum grant award is $250,000 per project, which may last up to three years. Crop Research projects must focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity, and value. Projects must benefit Minnesota farmers and the state's economy in the next three to five years. Farmers, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be received by November 22, 2017.

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Permalink New York State Agricultural Society Foundation

The Foundation supports the mission of the NYS Agricultural Society, focusing on education, leadership development, and recognition for future generations involved in the New York State food and agriculture industry. The foundation will provide financial support to nonprofit organizations serving New York State residents in the form of grants of up to $2,500.
Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

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Permalink Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund of the CCOF Foundation provides direct financial assistance exclusively to organic producers who suffer losses due to extreme hardship. Grants are available to certified organic operators in good standing who suffered severe economic loss in the 2017 calendar year and have not received federal assistance for the same loss. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500.
Applications are due by December 1, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council Grants

The Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) is requesting proposals for Minnesota-focused fertilizer research and outreach projects. Currently $1.1 million in grants is available for research, education and outreach and for an AFREC research coordinator. Approximately 25 to 35% of the funding will be available for new grants. AFREC is a farmer- and industry-led program designed to fund research and education on agricultural fertility.
Completed proposals must be received by December 1, 2017.

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Permalink Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for Community Food Projects and Planning Projects. Approximately $8.6 million is available. Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems. Examples of CFP Projects include, but are not limited to, community gardens with market stands, value-chain projects, food hubs, farmers markets, farm-to-institutions projects, and marketing and consumer cooperatives. Examples of Planning Projects include, but are not limited to, community food assessments' coordination of collaboration development plan, GIS analysis, food sovereignty study, and farm-to-institution exploration. All projects must involve low-income participants.
Applications are due by December 4, 2017.

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Permalink Fund-a-Farmer Grants

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering two types of grants for livestock and poultry farmers who want to obtain humane certification or who want to expand their animals' access to pasture. Up to $2,500 is available for projects that improve farm animal welfare, such as building hoop houses, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Family farmers with at least one year of experience are eligible.
Applications are due by December 4, 2017.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Farmer Grants

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. To apply, you must be a commercial farmer in the Northeast SARE region: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The deadline for applications is December 5, 2017.

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Permalink Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants

These one- to three-year grants from Western SARE support projects conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical advisor. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $20,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production.
Proposals are due by December 6, 2017.

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