Grants and Programs


Programs in Action: North Central SARE Recipients Build New Partnerships

September 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) projects that support the next generation of farmers. Our last blog featured two beginning farmers who used SARE to support innovative organic research on their farms. The SARE program is a farmer driven research, education and […]

Millions Available for Production of Second-Generation Biofuels

August 28, 2015

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $7.7 million through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) for producers to grow biomass for bioenergy production within four existing BCAP “project areas.” Project areas are geographic areas within which producers can establish and produce perennial biomass such as poplar, switchgrass, and […]

Release: New Farm Storage Financing Options for Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

August 18, 2015

Washington, DC, August 18, 2015 – Just weeks after expanding financing options for produce growers, USDA’s Farm Service Agency this week expanded the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program to provide very low-interest financing to farmers to build or upgrade storage for meat, dairy, and eggs. The FSA notice to its field offices also covers flowers, hops, and […]

FDA Funding Available to Build Food Safety Training Infrastructure

August 14, 2015

On August 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the availability of funding to establish two Regional Centers for food safety training, education, outreach, extension, and technical assistance. These centers will work in tandem with the yet-to-be-named National Coordination Center as part of a joint effort between the USDA’s National Institute for Food […]

Program Roundup – SARE Funding Available around the Country

August 13, 2015

Editor’s Note — This is the latest in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) regions as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant awards. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education or SARE program is a farmer driven research and education competitive grants […]

USDA Awards $63 Million for Renewable Energy Generation and Energy Conservation

August 11, 2015

On August 7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $63 million in grants and loans to 264 renewable energy generation and energy conservation projects through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Projects and Funding Breakdown Of the $63 million, USDA awarded $3.6 million as grants and $59.3 million as loan guarantees. According to […]

USDA Awards $4 Million for Rural Development Projects Including Local Food Hubs

July 30, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $4 million across 71 projects through the Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG) progarm. The program provides competitive grants to governmental entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations for planning, technical assistance, job training, and acquisition of land, capital, equipment and other business development needs. Food […]

DC School Demonstrates Farm to School Success With the Help of Farm to School Grant

July 7, 2015

For many schools with summer sessions, June means farm to school activities running in high gear. At Walker Jones Education Campus in the nation’s capital, summer brings students outside and onto the farm (“K Street Farm”) for lessons in agriculture, food, and nutrition while allowing them to enjoy an abundance of local food through its […]

Sustainable Agriculture Research Falling Further Behind

July 2, 2015

Farmers are constantly innovating on their farms, and experimenting with new ways to control pests or boost yields or conserve water on their fields. Farmers’ bottom lines are at stake, especially new farmers getting started out. They have no choice but to find better, more effective ways to address the many challenges that Mother Nature […]

USDA Compass Tool Highlights Local Food Programs

July 1, 2015

Under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has focused in a consistent and substantive way on investments in local and regional food systems. Its innovative online tool — appropriately named the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass Map” — allows organizations and individuals to search an online database and map to […]

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