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Permalink Southern Maryland Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program

Southern Maryland Agricultural offers a Farmer Mini-Grant Program that will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer. Examples of projects for consideration: Purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, fencing, hoop house, materials needed for value-added production, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety, per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The program is open to applicants residing and farming in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's or St. Mary's counties.
Applications will be accepted until January 1, 2019.

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Permalink Western SARE Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture

Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western Region are eligible to apply for Graduate Student Grants up to $25,000. Western SARE funds projects that are relevant to producers and provide readily adaptable technologies and information that advance sustainable agriculture in the Western Region. Agricultural producers must be involved in any SARE-funded Graduate Student project.
Applications are due by January 9, 2019.

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Permalink Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program

USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program. This program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on, and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans.
Applications are due by January 10, 2019.

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Permalink FruitGuys Community Fund

The FruitGuys Community Fund will provide 10 to 20 grants of $2,000 to $5,000 each to small farms and agricultural nonprofits looking to fund environmental sustainability projects that reduce water and power use, increase pollinators, improve soil health, promote natural pest control, or extend their growing season. Interested farmers should read the eligibility requirements and submit a letter of intent describing their farm and proposed project. Twenty finalists will be notified by February 5, 2019, and provided with a supplementary application—due by February 25, 2019.
Letters of intent are due by January 11, 2019.

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Permalink Florida Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grants that enhance the competitiveness of Florida specialty crops. The types of projects funded include consumer or producer education, marketing and promotion, pest and plant health, and research. Proposals will be accepted from nonprofit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other organizations related to Florida's specialty crop industry. Individuals, individual producers, for-profit businesses, or commercial entities may submit proposals. However, the project must focus on research, education or demonstration and must benefit the specialty crop industry in a manner that can be adequately replicated by other organizations.
Proposals are due by January 11, 2019.

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Permalink Iowa Cover Crop and Crop Insurance Demonstration Project

Through a three-year demonstration project aimed at expanding usage of cover crops in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will provide $5/acre for cover crops to eligible applicants. Funding will be provided through RMA as an additional insurance premium discount through normal crop insurance processes. The new premium reduction will be available for fall-planted cover crops with a spring-planted cash crop. Cover crop acres currently enrolled in state and/or federal programs are not eligible for this program. Farmers are encouraged to wait to apply until their cover crop seeding has been completed.
Applications are being accepted until January 15, 2019.

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Permalink Minnesota AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has announced $250,000 in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Urban Agriculture Grant program is available to for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, schools, Native American tribal communities, and local government entities. Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 per project.
Applications are due January 17, 2019.

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Permalink Minnesota Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Good Food Access Program Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant. For-profit and non-profit grocery stores and small food retailers, such as a corner store, a convenience store, a farmers market, a mobile food market, or a retail food outlet operated by an emergency food program or food hub can apply for grants to make physical improvements and purchase equipment to stimulate sales of affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. GFAP funding can be used to purchase equipment (such as coolers and freezers) and to make physical improvements. Projects must serve census-designated Food Deserts, or low- or moderate-income areas that have substantial subpopulations (such as the elderly or disabled) who have low supermarket access. Grants range from $2,500 to $50,000.
Applications are due by January 17, 2019.

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Permalink Farm Fund Grant Program and Next Step Grant Program

Community Food Co-op's Farm Fund Grant Program is designed to support multi-farm collaborations and projects that strengthen local, sustainable agriculture at large in Whatcom and Skagit counties of Washington state. Meanwhile, the Next Step Grant program is designed to support local farmers who want to expand their business to supply wholesale markets in Whatcom County. Next Step accepts proposals for grants of $1,250 to $5,000 in combination with low-interest loans up to $12,000. The Next Step ratio of grant funds to loan funds is 1:4.
Applications for both programs are due by January 18, 2019.

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Permalink Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Washington State University is soliciting Kaiser Conservation Endowment proposals for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion. Proposals are sought on the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other educational-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire and proposals are not to exceed $5,000.
Proposals are due January 23, 2019.

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Permalink New York State New Farmers Grant Fund

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund provides grants to support beginning farmers who have chosen farming as a career and who materially and substantially participate in the production of an agricultural product on their farm. The grant fund will help farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals: expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production, and/or extending the agricultural season; and/or advancing innovative techniques that increase sustainable agricultural production practices, such as organic farming, food safety, reduction of farm waste, and/or water use. Grants may provide a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000 for up to 50% of total project costs. New York State farmers in their first 10 years of farming and with a minimum of $10,000 in farm income may apply.
Applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2019.

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Permalink North Dakota Specialty Crop Season Extension Grants

North Dakota Department of Agriculture has announced that $50,000 is available to help North Dakota schools and communities research extending the season for fruit and vegetable production through the use of high tunnels. Schools and communities are eligible to apply for competitive grants up to $10,000 that include a yield trial to compare growing specialty crops with and without season extension. The grant would include the construction of a 30' x 48' high tunnel and the winning applicant will need to have sufficient space not only for the structure, but the same size growing space outside.
The application deadline is January 25, 2019.

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Permalink Arkansas Conservation Partners

USDA-NRCS Arkansas State Office is seeking support from and opportunities to partner with likeminded natural resource conservation partners to assist producers to plan and/or implement conservation practices throughout Arkansas. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2019 will be approximately $5 million. Proposals are requested from eligible entities, nonprofits, governmental or nongovernmental organizations, and institutions of higher learning for competitive consideration of awards from projects between one and five years in duration. Objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions are available online.
Proposals are due by January 30, 2019.

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Permalink Herb Society of America Research Grant

Herb Society of America offers a $5,000 grant for the research of the horticultural, scientific, and/or social use of herbs throughout history. Research must define the herb as historically useful for flavoring, medicine, ornament, economic, industrial, or cosmetic purposes. Eligible applicants may be students, professionals, or individuals. This grant is intended to support small, self-contained research projects over a short period of time.
Applications are due January 31, 2019.

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Permalink Montana Ranching for Rivers

Ranching for Rivers enables landowners to better manage the riparian resources on their land by providing them with the needed resources to voluntarily construct fences and/or other infrastructure (crossings, water gaps, offsite water, etc.). Ranching for Rivers provides cost-share that can cover up to 50% of the expense of fencing, other riparian pasture-related infrastructure, and construction costs. This program promotes the use of "riparian pastures" as an alternative to complete exclusion of the riparian area to livestock. Approximately $70,000 in cost-share is available for landowners to construct riparian pastures to benefit their operation and its natural resources. Funding will be on a reimbursement basis only, upon completion of projects.
The solicitation opened on October 30, 2018 and applications will be accepted until all remaining funding is awarded.

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Permalink New York City Watershed Agricultural Council Micro-Grants

The New York City Watershed Agricultural Council is offering micro-grants to encourage the implementation of activities that can enhance the economic viability of farm and forest businesses. Any farmer, logger, forester, forest landowner, or Pure Catskills member with property inside the New York City Watershed is eligible to apply for a maximum of $5,000. Program categories are training reimbursement, marketing reimbursement, mileage reimbursement (for extending market reach), and loggers workers compensation reimbursement.
Applications for the next round of funding are due by January 31, 2019.

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