May 17, 2013
The deadline is extended because USDA has additional funds provided for in the FY2013 Appropriations. In the announcement of the extension, USDA indicated it would issue another official notice about the funding increase soon.
The Environmental Law and Policy Center has reported that the FY2013 funding level is raised from $20.8 million to about $60 million. With the additional funding, USDA is also raising the cap on grants for feasibility studies to $350,000.