February 8, 2012
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced this year’s request for Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) proposals. FSMIP promotes research projects that advance the marketing, distribution, and transportation of U.S. agricultural products both domestically and internationally. Under this program, USDA matches grant funds for qualified state agencies such as state departments of agriculture and state agricultural experiment stations. The agencies, in turn, can work with other partners, including non-governmental organizations, on specific projects.
“We’re especially interested in proposals that involve collaboration among states, academia, producers and other stakeholders, and have state, multi-state or national significance,” says Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.
According to the FY 2012 Application Guidelines, USDA also encourages research proposals involving direct marketing, value-added production, and local food system development, especially those that stimulate rural economies.
Approximately $1.2 million for 25 grants is available for FY 2012. Grants typically average $50,000, though USDA has funded proposals ranging from $11,000 to $135,000. Interested parties can consult the list of previously funded projects, such as those found below:
The application deadline is Friday, March 23, 2012.
For further information contact Janise Zygmont at USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service at 202-720-5024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.