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Permalink Southern Maryland Agricultural Mini-Grant Program

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission's (SMADC) Agricultural Mini-Grant is open to applicants age 16 and older, residing and farming in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, or St. Mary's counties. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer. Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects. Examples include the purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion activities, fencing, hoop house, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety.
Applications are due by January 1, 2018.

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Permalink Western SARE Graduate Student Grants

Western SARE has changed the yearly deadlines and award dates for its Graduate Student grant program. A supplemental Call for Proposals has been released. The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region.
Grant proposals are due January 12, 2018.

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Permalink Michigan Rural Development Fund Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is offering a competitive grant program to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities in Michigan. The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing 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. The maximum limit on project grant fund requests is $100,000. The total allotment of funding for the current year is approximately $800,000. All proposals require at least a 30% cash match. Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project will impact and produce measurable outcomes for rural communities.
Proposals are due January 16, 2018.

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Permalink Maryland Value-Added Producer Matching Grants

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced a grant funding opportunity to encourage Maryland's agricultural producers to engage in value-added activities and pursue financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value-Added Producer Grants Program. MARBIDCO is making available Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grants (MVAPMG) of up to 15% of the amount of a USDA-VAPG award to help an eligible applicant meet the one-for-one non-federal financial matching requirement (with a cap of $25,000). A MVAPMG monetary award from MARBIDCO will only be provided to an applicant that is selected to receive USDA-VAPG funding.
MARBIDCO applications are due by January 17, 2018.

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Permalink Value Added Producer Grants

USDA is accepting applications for the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, which helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation are eligible to apply for this program. Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grant and matching funds up to $75,000 can be used for planning activities or for working-capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.
Applications must be received by January 24, 2018.

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Permalink Methyl Bromide Transition Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has $1.9 million available to research new, environmentally friendly pesticides and innovative tools and strategies to replace methyl bromide. The Methyl Bromide Transition program is helping to discover and implement practical and safer pest management alternatives. Projects may focus on integrated research and extension activities or extension-only projects that promote the adoption of new pest management practices. Eligible applicants include colleges and universities and research foundations maintained by them.
The deadline for applications is January 30, 2018.

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Permalink Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field.
Applications are due February 1, 2018.

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Permalink Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest $250 million in technical and financial assistance in 2018 to help private landowners, tribes, land trusts, and other groups protect critical wetlands, agricultural lands, and grasslands through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Through wetland reserve easements, NRCS helps landowners and tribes restore and protect wetland ecosystems permanently or for 30 years. Through agricultural land easements, NRCS provides funds to conservation partners to purchase permanent conservation easements on private working lands. This program helps keep working lands working, especially in areas experiencing development pressure. The cooperating entity applies for matching funds from NRCS for the purchase of an easement from the landowner, permanently protecting its agricultural use and conservation values. Landowners do not apply directly to NRCS for funding under this program.
Applications for ACEP are taken on a continuous basis; however, 2018 consideration cutoff dates vary by state. Many occur during December, January, and February.

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