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April 2018

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Oregon

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) announces up to $250,000 of funding available in Oregon for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Applicants submitting proposals for the Oregon CIG may request up to $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must provide a least 50% non-federal match that can be cash, in-kind, or a combination of both.The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil quality, and wildlife habitat.
The deadline to submit an application is April 6, 2018.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Graduate Student Grant Program

North Central Region SARE’s (NCR-SARE) Graduate Student Grant Program is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. Graduate Student Grant awards can be up to $12,000, and at least 15 projects are funded each year in the 12-state North Central Region. NCR-SARE strongly encourages students to involve farmers and ranchers in their Graduate Student Grant Program projects.
Proposals are due April 12, 2018.

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Permalink Grow Wisconsin Dairy Processor Grants

Wisconsin dairy processors are invited to apply for DATCP Dairy Processor Grants. The grants are intended to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin's dairy processing facilities. The Dairy Processor Grant is customizable for each processor and can be used to hire consultants to address a wide range of business needs including food safety, staff training, or modernization. Eligible applicants must operate a licensed dairy processing plant located in Wisconsin which is engaged in pasteurizing, processing, or manufacturing milk or dairy products. Recipients will be chosen through a competitive selection process. A total grant up to $50,000 is available per dairy processor per year. The dairy processor is required to provide a match of at least 20% of the grant amount.
Proposals are due by April 13, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Maine

USDA NRCS is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in Maine. Up to $250,000 will be available to stimulate the local development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, or individuals, for competitive consideration of grant awards. Projects will be between one and three years in duration. For Fiscal Year 2018, NRCS will consider offering CIGs in the following areas: Forestry, Aquatic Organism Conservation, Soil Health, and Pollinator Conservation. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in this fiscal year; CIG grants can cover up to 50% of total project cost.
Proposals must be received by April 16, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in California

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is now accepting proposals for $375,000 in funding through its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2018. Projects should augment existing NRCS technical tools (planning, assessment, and/or delivery) to better facilitate conservation on farms and ranches. In 2018, NRCS California is prioritizing proposals that improve the "technical toolbox" to address the following on-farm resource concerns: soil and water quality, wildlife habitat, water conservation, forest health, air quality, waste recycling, and energy conservation. Eligible applicants include state and local government, nongovernment organizations, Tribal governments, eligible private business and individuals.
Proposals are due by April 17, 2018.

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Permalink Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program

The Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program administered by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. The goal of the SACC program is to significantly increase crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing of superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable. Applications may only be submitted by colleges and universities, other Federal agencies, and private sector entities.
Applications are due by April 18, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants intended to stimulate sales of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas. Grants from $2,500 to $50,000 will assist grocery stores and small food retailers in making physical improvements and purchasing equipment. Projects must serve census tracts designated as Food Deserts or as low- or moderate-income areas with a substantial subpopulation, such as the elderly or disabled, that have low supermarket access.
Proposals must be received by April 19, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced $250,000 in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development. The AGRI Urban Agriculture grant program is available to for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, Native American tribal communities, and local government entities. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per project.
Applications are due April 19, 2018.

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Permalink Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year 18. This program provides funding to improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers and maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 18 is approximately $1.3 million. The program also funds projects that improve the profitability and competitiveness of small and medium-sized farms and ranches by providing access to high quality, uniform farm business management benchmarking information and projects that improving producers' abilities to successfully manage their agricultural operations through periods of high risk, volatility, and financial stress.
Applications are due by April 20, 2018.

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