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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers (North Central, Northeast, Southern, and Western) request applications for the Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program. Applications are accepted from eligible organizations with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education and training programs to agricultural producers and their families. The four regional Centers anticipate awarding a total of approximately 60 new grants, up to $50,000 each, from this announcement. Applications must address identified objectives in the categories of production risk, marketing risk, financial risk, legal risk, or human risk.
Applications are due by November 15, 2018.
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.
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.
The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program is accepting applications for on-farm research grants. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000.
Applications are due by November 16, 2018.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $2 million in competitive grants for applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, or value. Minnesota-based organizations with agricultural research capabilities may apply for funding to improve crops grown in the state. The MDA also aims to support research that addresses the crop-production needs of underserved Ag producers. Funding under this round will have a maximum of $250,000 per project.
Applications must be received by November 28, 2018.