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December 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 Indiana Livestock Grants

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 501(c) status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture, and rabbits.
Applications are due 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 Historic Lewes Farmers Market Scholarship Program

Small Delmarva farmers interested in learning about sustainable practices and focused on growing for the local market may apply for $500 scholarships from the Lewes Farmers Market to attend sustainable farming conferences. In addition, applications are being accepted for the Debra Schaefer Scholarship for Emerging Women Farmers, which also supports conference attendance.
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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Permalink North Central SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers in the 12-state North Central Region who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. Grants support producers who are protecting natural resources, enhancing communities, and boosting profitability. Farmer Rancher grants are offered as individual ($7,500 maximum), team of two ($15,000 maximum), or group ($22,500 maximum) grants for ideas initiated by farmers and ranchers.
Proposals are due by December 7, 2017.

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Permalink Veteran Scholarships for Southern SAWG Conference

The University of Arkansas and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) are partnering to offer scholarships for military veterans who would like to attend Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SAWG) annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. Five full scholarships and fifteen partial scholarships are available. The conference will be held January 17-20, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The deadline to apply for the scholarships is December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Western IPM Center Grants

The Western IPM Center annual grants competition is open, with $240,000 in funding available for one-year grants in the following categories: Project Initiation, which begins new integrated pest management (IPM) research, at $30,000 maximum; Work Groups, which bring collaborators together, at $30,000 maximum; Outreach & Implementation, which directly promotes IPM adoption, at $30,000 maximum, and IPM Planning Documents, which creates crop profiles and pest management strategic plans, with a $15,000 maximum. As a regional program, Western IPM Center grants stress multi-state collaborations.
Complete proposals are due December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Service Provider Grants

New this year, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative is seeking proposals from technical assistance providers who deliver fundamental services to Vermont's working lands businesses. To become a pre-qualified partner, applicants must demonstrate significant prior experience and must provide services in the pre-established priority areas, which include business assistance, intergenerational transfer and land access, beginning farmer training, and wholesale readiness. Pre-qualification applications are due December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Farm to School Grant

In this funding cycle, USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000 to $50,000, and implementation grant awards will from $50,000 to $100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $20,000 to $50,000. For all three types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75% of the total cost of the project.
Applications are due by December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Aroostook Funding for Protecting Potato Fields

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maine is accepting applications from potato farmers for funding to assist in implementing conservation practices on their land. This phase of the "Protecting Potato Fields: Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Soil Health and Water Quality, Aroostook County" project will focus on applying soil conservation practices on farms in the Amsden, Hacker, and Merritt Brook watersheds in central Aroostook County. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Applications are due December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Research Initiative

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture administers the Specialty Crop Research Initiative that addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Five focus areas have been identified. Pre-applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations, foundations, or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities. A total of $48.1 million in matching funds is available.
Pre-applications are due December 8, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program

These grants support research or demonstrations on Minnesota farms with funding from the Agriculture Growth, Research and Innovation Program. Minnesota farmers, educational institutions, individuals at educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grants up to $25,000. Projects must last two to three years (single-year projects are no longer considered.) Eligible projects could include conservation, enterprise diversification, cover crops, livestock production systems, IPM, and others. If you are a farmer, you must involve at least one Technical Cooperator; if you are not a farmer, you must have at least one Farmer Cooperator who is meaningfully involved in designing and carrying out the project.
Applications must be received by December 13, 2017.

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Permalink Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program for fiscal year 2018. The program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. Approximately $21 million is available. Applications may only be submitted by government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Applications are due by December 13, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Livestock Investment Grants

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $1.9 million in Livestock Investment Grants. Qualifying Minnesota producers are reimbursed 10% of the first $500,000 of investment, with a minimum investment of $4,000. Qualifying expenditures include the purchase, construction, or improvement of livestock buildings or facilities. Fencing, feeding, and waste-management equipment are also eligible. Producers who suffered a loss due to natural disaster may also apply.
The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

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Permalink N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting applications from county governments and nonprofit groups for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. The trust fund's purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms. Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural, and forestland activities; or for the development of agricultural plans.
Applications are due by December 15, 2017.

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Permalink Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to establish community and pollinator gardens and seasonal high tunnels through the Texas NRCS Urban Conservation Project. Grants are available up to $4,000 for a community garden and $6,500 for a seasonal high tunnel. Community gardens and seasonal high tunnel projects must be located in one of the following counties to be eligible for funding: Bexar, Brazos, Cameron, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Lubbock, Maverick, McLennan, Nueces, Polk, Potter, Tarrant, Travis, Webb and Wichita. Grants are available for up to $3,000 for Monarch butterfly gardens. Preference will be given to Monarch butterfly gardens in the following counties because of their strategic location within the Monarch butterfly’s flight paths during spring and fall migrations: Atascosa, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Dallas, Ellis, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Navarro, McLennan, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson, and Wilson.
Applications are due by December 15, 2017.

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Permalink Organic Farming Research Foundation Research Grants

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is accepting proposals for 2018 research projects on organic farming and food systems from applicants in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. Priority areas are soil health, innovative weed control, management of emerging insect and disease issues, and livestock health.
The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017.

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Permalink New Mexico Regional Conservation Partnership Programs

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico is accepting applications for three different Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP). The Canadian River Watershed Restoration Project will encourage ranchers and landowners operating within the Prairie Grasslands Region of New Mexico to utilize the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Each participating rancher, in collaboration with federal and state land managing agencies, will develop a resource management plan. The New Mexico Range and Forest Soil Health Initiative will bring Environmental Quality Incentives Program and partner funds together for New Mexico ranchers whose operations include federal lands. Each rancher, state and federal agency with lands included in the ranch operation will develop a coordinator resource management plan or CRMP. The North Central NM Watershed Restoration Project is aimed at reducing wildfire risk while at the same time improving soils, hydrology, and vegetation, as well as enhancing social/economic needs. The watershed approach provides a framework for coordinating project needs among private landowners, state and Federal agencies, tribes, communities, and other interested stakeholders. Producers can apply by visiting their local USDA Service Center and submitting their Conservation Program Application.
Applications are due by December 15, 2017.

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Permalink Minnesota Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants

Minnesota livestock producers within Minnesota's wolf range can apply for a total of $120,000 in grant money to help prevent wolf attacks. The grants provide reimbursement for costs 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; or other measures demonstrated to effectively reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.
Applications for this fiscal year are due December 15, 2017.

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Permalink Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018 to support environmental assessment research concerning the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the nvironment. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2018 is approximately $3.5 million. Standard Research Proposals must not exceed $500,000 total (including indirect costs) for project periods up to four years. Conference Proposals must not exceed $25,000 total. Applications may only be submitted by United States public or private research or educational institutions or organizations.
A letter of intent to apply is due by December 21, 2017.

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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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Permalink Tennessee Agriculture Enterprise Fund

Tennessee's new Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF) is administered by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development. The AEF will award grants to starting or expanding agricultural and food businesses, farmers, nonprofits, local governments, and other entities in Tennessee, or those whose project will be located in Tennessee. Successful grant recipients must demonstrate a strong potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity, or agricultural innovation. Priority will be given to businesses located in at-risk counties, distressed counties, and counties adjoining at-risk or distressed counties.
The Department of Agriculture will review applications on a rolling basis.

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Permalink Small Grains Cost Share in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking to enroll row crop farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin in a small grains cost-share program that runs for up to two years. The program is intended to support conventional farmers or those transitioning to organic who add a year of crops like barley, oats, rye, triticale or wheat followed by a summer cover crop or planted with a legume cover crop like red clover. Participants are eligible to receive $40 per acre in cost-share on up to 80 acres for conventionally raised small grains or acres that are in transition to organic but not yet certified. Organic small grains are not eligible for the cost-share, nor are acres receiving cost-share for extended rotation practices through the Conservation Stewardship Program or Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
In 2018, Practical Farmers will cost-share a total of 1,325 acres. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until that cap is reached.

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Permalink New York Industrial Hemp Processing Grant

New York State has allocated $5 million for the New York State Industrial Hemp Processing Grant Fund. The Program's purpose is to provide grants for machinery and equipment required to process industrial hemp for commercialization in New York. Grants may provide a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $500,000 for up to 50% of total project costs supporting capital investments. The remaining 50% must be matched by the recipient.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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