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.
New York has announced that $30 million is available statewide to support conservation easement projects on dairy farms. Funding through the state's Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program will ensure dairy farms the opportunity to diversify their operations or transition their farm to the next generation at a more affordable cost while ensuring the land forever remains used for agricultural purposes. The state is issuing a Request for Applications for farmland protection grants of up to $2 million from eligible entities, such as land trusts, municipalities, county agricultural and farmland protection boards, and State Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
There is no application deadline.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for $1 million of grant funding available to Pennsylvania farmers and small business for pollution-prevention, energy-efficiency, and natural resource-protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grants. For the first time, grants will be available to farmers and ranchers for projects that reduce and prevent pollution on working lands. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses.
Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first.