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Permalink New York Climate Resilient Farming Round 3

The New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee invites Soil and Water Conservation Districts to submit proposals for funding to the Climate Resilient Farming Program. Program funds are available for projects that mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and enhance the on-farm adaptation and resiliency to projected climate conditions. Applications must be for agricultural waste storage cover and flare systems, water management, or systems that enhance soil health. A total of $2 million in funding is available for the three funding tracks.
Proposals must be submitted by February 26, 2018.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $10 million in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, funding innovative conservation projects in three focus areas: grazing lands, organic systems and soil health. All U.S.-based entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of Federal agencies. Up to 20% of CIG funds will be set aside for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or groups serving these customers. Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2 million.
Proposals are due February 26, 2018.

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Permalink Oregon Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting competitive applications for specialty crop grant funds. Projects should enhance the production and competitiveness of Oregon's specialty crop industries. For-profit and non-profit organizations, local government entities, industry trade and producer organizations, commodity commissions, and private and public colleges and universities are eligible to apply for up to $175,000 per project, with projects lasting up to two and a half years.
Grant proposals are due by February 27, 2018.

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Permalink Horticulture Scholarship of the Western Reserve Herb Society

This horticulture scholarship is open to citizens of the United States who have completed the 2nd/Sophomore year of undergraduate study. The applicant must be attending an accredited college or university and have achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or above. The scholarship award of $7500 will be made to the student who demonstrates financial need and plans a career in horticulture and allied fields. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate exceptional dedication to horticulture and whose career goals may involve work in areas such as teaching/research, the public or nonprofit sector, or sustainable agriculture.
Applications are due by February 28, 2018.

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Permalink Missouri Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the 2018 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Eligible projects must "solely enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops" and expand local, regional, domestic or international markets and distribution. Projects must address research, food safety, crop-specific issues, pest and disease, education, marketing and promotion for the specialty crop industry. MDA will accept proposals from individuals, individual producers, non-profit and for-project businesses, public and private colleges and universities, agencies, institutions, industry and community based organizations or commercial entities only if the project focus benefits the entire specialty crop industry. The department will consider grant awards up to a maximum of $50,000 for a specific project with a two-year grant period.
Proposals are due by February 28, 2018.

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Permalink Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds enhance the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops. Any entity may apply, but projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, individual or organization. Applicants must describe how their project will benefit and produce measurable outcomes for specialty crop industries rather than a single specialty crop business, organization, or individual. Approximately $200,000 is available through the program in 2018.
A letter of intent is due by February 28, 2018.

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Permalink Kentucky Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) administers the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which provides grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Kentucky. KDA anticipates that approximately $200,000 will be awarded. Proposals should be initiated by organizations, industry groups, or academic institutions, or should involve collaboration or partnerships between producers, industry groups, academics, or other organizations.
Concept proposals are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

Members of the Farmer Veteran Coalition can apply for equipment grants of $1,000 to $5,000 from the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. The application consists of short answer and essay questions regarding military service, educational background, prior farming experience, business and financial planning, and short-term and long-term goals. Veterans from all military branches and service eras, as well as those currently serving, are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink New Mexico Specialty Crops Block Grant Program

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service provides grants to state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Grants that increase the competitiveness of specialty crop farmers, including Native American and disadvantaged farmers, will be considered. Increasing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems and improving food access in underserved communities.
Proposals are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Rhode Island Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program (LASA). This unique and unprecedented public-private partnership will provide grants intended to directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island. Priorities for 2018 include supporting the entry, growth, and sustainability of small or beginning agriculture producers (including aquaculture producers) and fishermen/women; fostering collaboration; supporting new products and sales channels; enhancing access to land; and addressing needs identified in Rhode Island's food strategy.
Applications are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for $17.6 million in grants through the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI supports research, education, and extension programs that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority areas include biological, physical, and social science research, including economics. Funded projects will aid farmers and ranchers with whole-farm planning by delivering practical, research-based information to improve their ability to develop an Organic System Plan required for certification. Eligible entities include land-grant and other research universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, state agricultural experiment stations, research foundations, and other private researchers.
Applications must be received by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Tennessee Specialty Crop Block Grant

Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, and industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. The program aims to support projects that directly affect multiple Tennessee producers and have a positive, long-lasting impact on Tennessee agriculture. First-time recipients have a funding limit of $25,000.
Proposals are due by March 1, 2018.

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Permalink Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grants

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grants up to $24,000. Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community-based organizations are eligible to apply. To be eligible for a grant, the project must solely enhance the competitiveness of Iowa-grown specialty crops and must benefit the industry as a whole.
Proposals must be received by March 2, 2018.

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Permalink New York Farmland Protection Programs

New York is making $5.5 million available through two new grant opportunities to advance farmland protection efforts throughout the state. The State's farmland protection program has been expanded to allow eligible applicants to implement an Option to Purchase a Perpetual Conservation Easement. This new initiative provides a total of $5 million to eligible applicants, including municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts. Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to cover costs associated with obtaining and administering an Option Agreement Project. Applications will be accepted until the available funding is fully committed. In addition, the new $500,000 Land Trust Grants program was created to advance farmland protection strategies identified by counties and municipalities throughout the state. The program provides competitive grants of up to $50,000 to land trusts. The funding will help develop local inventories of viable farmland and inform landowners of programs and opportunities to protect their properties from conversion to non-farm uses.
Applications are due by March 5, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will award up to $2.5 million through the competitive Value Added Grant Program. The goal of this program is to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets, increasing market access, and increasing food safety of value-added products. Grant funds reimburse up to 25% of the total project cost. Funding under this round is offered at two levels. Level 1 projects will have a maximum award of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000. Level 2 projects will have a maximum award of $1 million and a minimum of $200,001. Grants may be used for equipment purchases or physical improvements. Level 2 projects must also provide significant economic impact to a region of the state.
Applications must be received by March 9, 2018.

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Permalink Frontera Farmer Foundation

Frontera Farmer Foundation will award grants for capital improvements of up to $12,000 to small and mid-size farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin that sell their food products to customers in the Chicago area at farmers markets and otherwise. Farmers must have been in business for at least three years and must demonstrate how the grant will improve both their farm's viability and the availability of locally grown food products in the Chicago area.
The deadline to apply is March 11, 2018.

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Permalink Minnesota Good Food Access Program Technical Assistance Grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for projects designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas. The funding is available through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). These grants will assist organizations providing needs-based technical assistance to new or existing for-profits, non-profits, public agencies, and cooperative self-service retail food establishments. Applicants may request between $5,000 and $75,000 and must contribute 25% of project costs.
Applications are due by March 14, 2018.

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Permalink North Dakota Specialty Crop Block Grant

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants. Projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for these grants, including enhancing food safety; pest and disease control; developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; and increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops.
Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2018.

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Permalink Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships

Undergraduate or graduate students studying organic and/or regenerative agriculture at an accredited two- or four-year college or graduate school in the United States can apply for a scholarship from Annie's. Applicants must focus on one of three tracks: building soil health, fostering above-ground biodiversity, or promoting resilient farm communities.
Applications are due by March 15, 2018.

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Permalink Indiana Watershed Initiative

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana has announced a second round of funding to improve water quality in two targeted watersheds in northern Indiana through the Indiana Watershed Initiative Regional Conservation Partnership Program. This project is helping to strengthen agricultural operations and improve water quality in the Shatto Ditch watershed located in Kosciusko County and the Kirkpatrick Ditch watershed located in Newton, Jasper, and Benton counties. Farmers can sign up for two new practices: saturated buffers and denitrifying bioreactors.
Applications must be received by March 16, 2018.

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Permalink Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program

The Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program (RIAgEP) is a competitive grant program that funds agricultural energy projects in an effort to improve energy efficiency and to facilitate the adoption of alternative clean energy technologies by Rhode Island farms. This program seeks to reduce energy consumption, , decreasing the carbon footprint of the agricultural community and keeping agriculture a viable and growing sector of Rhode Island's economy. Grants will fund projects up to $20,000 that fall into either the renewable energy category or the energy efficiency category. Grants will fund projects up to $20,000 that fall into either the renewable energy category or the energy efficiency category.
The next application deadline is March 16, 2018.

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Permalink North Central SARE Professional Development Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education's (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. Projects can be up to three years in duration, and funding level is capped at $75,000 for each project, but projects requesting less than full amount are encouraged. Approximately $450,000 will be available for funding projects in the 12-state region.
Proposals are due by March 22, 2018.

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Permalink Texas Young Farmer Grant

The Texas Young Farmer Grant program provides financial assistance in the form of dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to young agricultural producers. Individuals that are 18 to 46 and are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas may apply. The applicant must be able to make dollar-for-dollar matching expenditures to sustain, create or expand the proposed project. Each individual grant applicant must clearly describe a distinct project and demonstrate how the individual grant applicant will independently benefit from the Young Farmer Grant. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.
Applications for the next twice-yearly period must be received by March 22, 2018.

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