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Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - May 6, 2020

Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.

COVID-19 Resources on the ATTRA Website
Our COVID-19 web page provides original ATTRA resources and links to other information for farmers and ranchers on food safety, business assistance, and alternative markets.

News & Resources

  • EIDL Loan Application Portal Opened to Agricultural Enterprises Only
  • Farmers' Legal Action Group Updates Guide to COVID-19 Relief
  • Guide Compiles Local Food Resources
  • Pilot Program Offers 30-Year CRP Contract
  • Diversified Farming Survey Invites Participation
  • Digital Toolkit Highlights Role of Organic Agriculture in Reducing Climate Change

Funding Opportunities

  • Southern SARE Research & Education Grant
  • Massachusetts Climate Smart Agriculture Program
  • Sustainable Meat Goat Production and Marketing in the Southeast United States

Coming Events

  • Social Media Marketing for Farmers
  • Hemp Farm Accelerator Webinar
  • International Heritage Breeds Week

News & Resources

EIDL Loan Application Portal Opened to Agricultural Enterprises Only
The Small Business Administration opened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) portal on May 4, 2020, to agricultural enterprises only. The Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. An Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000 is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

Farmers' Legal Action Group Updates Guide to COVID-19 Relief
Farmers' Legal Action Group published an update of its Farmers' Guide to COVID-19 Relief, dated April 27, 2020. This update reflects program changes and additions signed into law on April 24, 2020, to provide further economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide includes programs found in the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The guide is available free online.

Related ATTRA Resources: ATTRA COVID-19 Response

Guide Compiles Local Food Resources
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has assembled a listing of websites, guides, and directories to help people find local food. National resources are listed, as well as state-level resources. The listing supports the current big uptick of interest in buying direct from local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman as a way to support struggling small and mid-sized farmers and ensure family food security.

Pilot Program Offers 30-Year CRP Contract
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced a pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. The CLEAR30 program is available in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. The program signup period will run from July 6 to August 21, 2020. Annual rental payment for landowners will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus an inflationary adjustment of 27.5%.

Diversified Farming Survey Invites Participation
Researchers from the Food and Health Lab at Montana State University are conducting a survey to understand the role of diversified farming for resilience and vulnerability in the food system. The survey is open to all producers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming who have grown crops for at least one growing season.

Digital Toolkit Highlights Role of Organic Agriculture in Reducing Climate Change
Organic Farming Research Foundation has introduced a digital toolkit titled Organic Agriculture in the Face of a Changing Climate—a Toolkit for Consumers, Advocates, and Policymakers. The toolkit includes farmer stories, details on how organic agriculture increases resilience to climate change, and advocacy materials. It's available free online.

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Funding Opportunities

Southern SARE Research & Education Grant
The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SSARE) is accepting pre-proposals for its 2021 Research & Education Grants program. Applicants have a choice of whether they want to submit a systems research-based pre-proposal, or an education-based pre-proposal. SSARE is looking for Education pre-proposals of around $50,000 and systems research pre-proposals of around $400,000, though smaller proposals are also welcomed.
Pre-proposals are due by June 5, 2020.

Massachusetts Climate Smart Agriculture Program
Massachusetts' Climate Smart Agriculture Program is the combined application for the Ag Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program, the Ag Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) and the Ag-Energy Program (ENER). Projects are broken into two categories; Part I: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation and Part II: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Projects.
Applications are due by June 19, 2020.

Sustainable Meat Goat Production and Marketing in the Southeast United States
The SSARE program is soliciting grant proposals for sustainable meat goat production and marketing across the Southern region. The 2020 Large Systems Research Grant Program on Sustainable Meat Goat Production and Marketing in the Southeast United States must include both production and marketing research activities in the goat industry. The grant is intended for research teams who have established multi-state, multi-disciplinary regional projects, but need support to accomplish more long-term research goals, specifically related to small ruminants. The grant offers $200,000 per year for three years with the opportunity for additional three-year renewals, for a maximum of nine years.
The proposal deadline is June 5, 2020.

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Coming Events

Social Media Marketing for Farmers
May 19, 2020
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation and Hannah Muller from Full Belly Farm for the third webinar in the Farmers' Marketing Tools for Success series for farms selling directly to consumers. This free webinar will review key considerations for developing a social media plan.

Hemp Farm Accelerator Webinar
May 19, 2020
Online

Acres USA is hosting a two-hour-long, free webinar that will feature tips for how to choose hemp seeds, manage soils for hemp production, and identify quality markets for hemp.

International Heritage Breeds Week
May 17-23, 2020
International
International Heritage Breeds Week aims to raise global awareness about endangered heritage breeds of farm animals. Follow #HeritageBreedsWeek on social media and learn more about rare breeds from the participating organizations.

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