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August 2020

Dairy Business Innovation Alliance

August 14

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) will provide Midwestern dairy farmers and dairy-related businesses with financial and technical support. This initiative, a joint effort coordinated by the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), was designed to support and promote the diversification and addition of value-added products to the Midwest dairy industry. Goals of this program include increasing on-farm diversification, creating value-added dairy products such as specialty cheeses, and focusing on export opportunities for farm-scale and processor dairy products. Funds totaling $220,000 will be disbursed and awarded with individual projects receiving up to $20,000. Applications…

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Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

August 14

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition that showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. The American Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit are looking to identify the top entrepreneurs who are addressing both traditional challenges farmers face on their operation, such as access to labor, optimizing yield and reducing operating costs, to entrepreneurs who are addressing new challenges facing farmers and rural communities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Farm Bureau will award $145,000 in startup funds to 10 businesses. Applications will be accepted through August…

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South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council Grant Program

August 14

The South Dakota Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) grant program solicits and publishes research of science-based nutrient management practices specific to South Dakota. Research must be done in South Dakota. Topics of interest include research on fertilizer recommendations in no-till crop production systems for corn, soybeans, and small grains; micronutrients; nitrogen stabilizers; and fertilizer placement. Applications are due by August 14, 2020. ​

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Livestock Conservancy Heritage Livestock Microgrant

August 16

The Livestock Conservancy is accepting applications for grants in two categories of the Heritage Livestock Microgrant program. National microgrants are available to residents and organizations of the U.S. working with livestock and poultry breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Awards typically range from $500 to $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy. Additionally, youth microgrants are available for individuals 8 to 18 years of agewho are actively working with breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Support will be provided through this competitive program for a variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock; poultry; processing;…

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Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP)

August 21

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting sign-ups for a new pilot program that enables farmers in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting perennial cover for conservation use for three to five years. The new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot is available to producers in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Through SHIPP, producers have the option of three-, four-, or five-year CRP contracts to establish perennial cover on less productive cropland in exchange for payments. This pilot enables producers to plant perennial cover that, among other benefits,…

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Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) 30

August 21

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting signups for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality practice CRP contracts in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. Annual rental payment for landowners who enroll in CLEAR30 will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus an inflationary adjustment of 27.5 percent, since CLEAR30 contracts will be for 30 years—much longer than the 10 to 15-year contracts for Continuous CRP offers. Signup ends…

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Centers of Community Prosperity Initiative

August 24

USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement announced the availability of approximately $4 million in funding through the Centers of Community Prosperity Initiative, to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private-sector resources to address challenges for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers and communities. Community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities may compete for Community Prosperity funding on projects that provide outreach, education and training in agriculture, conservation, agribusiness, and forestry, with a focus on economic and workforce development, innovation and technology, and quality of life through food and agriculture.…

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Assist Persistent Poverty Farmers, Ranchers, Agriculture Producers and Communities through Agriculture Resources

August 24

USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is accepting proposals from nonprofits, Tribes, and institutions of higher education to assist persistent poverty farmers, ranchers, agriculture producers and communities through agriculture resources. Funding will be made available for the purpose of leveraging USDA, state, local, and private-sector resources, to address local agricultural and natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and to develop state and local leadership and partnerships to assist limited resource and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and communities through agriculture industries. The eligible entities will provide technical assistance to identified persistent poverty communities, with emphasis on socially disadvantaged…

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Wisconsin Farm Support Program

August 24

The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is a federally funded program that provides relief to farmers who suffered economic damages in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open for a second round of the program. Money will be allocated on a sliding scale and will be based on the amount of gross farm income in 2019. Farms with gross 2019 income of at least $10,000, but not more than $5 million, are eligible to apply. Applications are due by August 24, 2020.

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Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

August 26

USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is inviting applications for Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (also known as the 2501 program). The overall goal of the 2501 Program is to encourage and assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, veteran farmers and ranchers, and beginning farmers and ranchers with owning and operating farms and ranches and in participating equitably in the full range of agricultural, forestry, and related programs offered by USDA. In partnership with the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, eligible entities may compete for funding on projects that provide education and training…

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Kentucky On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program

August 28

Kentucky's On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program provides funding for Kentucky farm families to increase the energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities. A third-party audit by an approved professional engineer or certified energy manager is required with the application. Applicants are eligible for reimbursement up to $150 for the third-party audit. Applicants will be limited to 50% reimbursement for the eligible expenditures, not to exceed $10,000 within program year, plus an additional $150 for the energy audit. There are three application deadlines each year; the next is August 28, 2020.

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Minnesota Safe on the Farm Direct Marketing Cost Share Program

August 31

The Safe on the Farm Direct Marketing Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to Minnesota U-Pick Operations, On-Farm Markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms to purchase supplies and equipment to prepare for safe sales on their farms and pick-up sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages pick-your-own berry farms, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, CSA farms, and on-site farm stands to apply. To be eligible, you must be a current or new Minnesota Grown member. With this program, you may purchase equipment or supplies that will help you follow the Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick…

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Southern SARE Professional Development Program Grant

August 31

Southern SARE is accepting pre-proposals for the Professional Development Program Grant. This program provides funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in sustainable agriculture production practices. Training activities may include webinars, seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or the marketing and distribution of training materials. Activities may take place in a single Southern Region state, multiple states, or the entire Southern Region. Priority will be given to proposals less than $80,000. Pre-proposals are due August 31, 2020.

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September 2020

High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Community-Initiated Grants

September 1

As part of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) Outreach Program, funds are provided to organizations to augment their existing worker health and safety programs or create new ones. In addition to financial support, HICAHS can provide expertise to organizations on improving or evaluating their existing health and safety materials. All funded projects must focus on improving the health or safety of agricultural, forestry, or fishing workers. Priority is given to organizations/projects addressing this population in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and/or Wyoming. Funded organizations often work closely with university personnel and stakeholders…

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New York Dairy Promotion Projects

September 7

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets issued a Request for Proposals for projects that market and promote New York-produced fluid milk and dairy products with the goal of increasing consumer demand for and consumption of New York's many dairy products. Eligible applicants include non-profit entities, research institutions, and private businesses that are not affiliated with the Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board. Project proposals may not promote a specific brand or trade name. Applications are due September 7, 2020.

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Massachusetts Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program

September 15

The goal of Massachusetts' Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to food, with a special focus on food that is produced locally and equitable access to food. The program also seeks to ensure that farmers, fishermen, and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption. Eligible grantees include entities that are part of the Massachusetts local food system, including production, processing and distribution, the emergency food distribution network, community and food organizations, school meal programming…

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Pennsylvania Conservation Excellence Grants

September 30

Lancaster and York County farmers in Pennsylvania are invited to apply for up to $250,000 in Conservation Excellence Grants. The $2.5 million program, created by the 2019 PA Farm Bill, funds on-farm measures that reduce erosion and run-off, improving soil and water quality to ultimately sustain agriculture and improve the region's quality of life. Some examples of eligible measures include fencing to keep livestock out of streams, streambank restoration, cover crops, planted streamside buffers to filter nutrients out of streams, manure storage, and comprehensive plans to manage nutrients, control erosion, and conserve soil and water. Funding will support technical assistance…

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Michigan Agricultural Safety Grants

September 30

Michigan Economic Development Corporation has two Agricultural Safety Grants available: MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant Program for farms with less than 10 employees and Agriculture Safety Grant for farms with 10 or more employees. These grants fund COVID-19 mitigation costs. The MEDC Small Farm Safety Grant Program will award $1.25 million in grants to eligible applicants. The Agriculture Safety Grant Program includes $10 million in grant funding for eligible agricultural processors and $5 million in grant funding for eligible farms from federal CARES act funding. For the Agriculture Safety Grant, agricultural processors will be eligible for a minimum of $10,000…

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October 2020

Oregon’s Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program

October 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The COVID-19 emergency caused Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) to issue temporary rules requiring increased field sanitation measures and more stringent labor housing and transportation regulations. The Food Security and Farmworker Safety Program provides financial assistance to comply with these increased measures during peak harvest. Producers faced with additional costs for housing, transporation, and field sanitation can apply for assistance in any or all of these categories, up to a total of $21,000. The program will accept applications until October 25, 2020.

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December 2020

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans in Response to Coronavirus

December 31

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state's or territory's Governor, SBA will issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. This makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Note that eligible businesses include small agricultural cooperatives and producer cooperatives, but not agricultural enterprises. SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance…

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January 2021

Minnesota AGRI New Markets Cost-Share Program

January 10, 2021

Minnesota's AGRI New Markets Cost-Share Program has adapted to help farms or food or beverage companies meet the challenges and opportunities of COVID-impacted food supply chains and changing consumer behavior. Two types of cost-shares are offered: E-Commerce Cost-Share and Cost-Share for Wholesale Food Businesses. Up to $250,000 is available for reimbursements for expenses from August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, with a $4,000 maximum reimbursement. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the application deadline or funds are gone, whichever is first. The application deadline is January 10, 2021.

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