Grants and Programs


Farmers Have Last Word Before Long Congressional Recess

July 15, 2016

Over the last few days, farmers from across the country have come to Washington to speak with their Senators and Representatives about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that help them employ conservation measures on their farms, create business and financial plans, and much more. With Congress set to leave town today for a […]

USDA Awards $44.6 million to Support Wetland Enhancements

July 12, 2016

Rising demand for crop land conversion and developable land has made America’s wetlands some of our most threatened natural resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) helps restore wetlands by giving private landowners federal funding to help them protect, restore, and enhance wetlands through long-term easements. On July 7, 2016 […]

High Tunnels Create Opportunities for New Farmers

July 8, 2016

Zoë Bradbury of Valley Flora Farm is part of a team of family farmers (Zoe, her sister Abby, and her mother Betsy) raising over 100 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables on 90 acres along Flora’s Creek in Langlois, Oregon. Their CSA serves families within a 50-mile radius and the farm is committed to sustainable […]

Funding Available to Support Outreach to Underserved Farmers

June 27, 2016

For decades, the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the “2501 Program”) has served as the only farm bill program dedicated to addressing the needs of family farmers and ranchers of color. Over the past 20 years, the 2501 program has invested millions of dollars into […]

$3 Million Available for Biomass-to-Energy Projects

May 25, 2016

When you think of sustainable energy, what comes to mind? For most people, solar and wind power would top the list, but many may not realize that sustainable energy can also be generated from on-farm plant matter and animal waste. Many farmers are already using this method, called “bioenergy”, which is produced from a variety of […]

$100 Million Available for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grants

May 19, 2016

More than $100 million in grant funding is now available to support farm and food research, education, and extension projects that address key challenges, including those facing sustainable and organic farming systems and rural communities. This support is made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – USDA’s largest federal competitive research grants […]

Rural Energy Awards Help Farmers Keep the Lights On

May 11, 2016

As climate variability and energy costs continue to rise, producing on-farm, renewable energy has become an attractive option for many farmers and ranchers. In order to help farmers and ranchers save money by becoming more energy efficient, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and loans to farmers and rural businesses to make […]

$8.7 Million Available for Risk Management Education and Targeted States Programs

May 6, 2016

The Federal Crop Insurance Program, managed by the Risk Management Agency (RMA), provides subsidized coverage through private insurance companies to over $100 billion worth of agricultural products across 298 million acres. Despite a seemingly high level of farmer participation overall, many underserved, organic, diversified, and specialty crop farmers lack information about and access to insurance […]

New FSA Cooperative Agreements Expand Farmer Outreach Efforts

May 6, 2016

Even the best designed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs can fail to find success if farmers don’t have the knowledge or tools to access them. In order to increase program awareness and participation among underserved farmer communities, last year the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced a new cooperative agreement that would develop innovative […]

USDA Awards $32 Million for Rural Development and Food Security Research

May 6, 2016

Success in agriculture requires not only hardworking farmers and ranchers, but also innovative researchers, agronomists, and other scientists. As the U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) largest competitive grants research program the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program awards grants for experiments and research projects that address a variety of challenges faced by farmers, rural […]

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