Grants and Programs


New Targeted Conservation Partnership Projects Coming Soon

March 21, 2014

The recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill includes a new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  RCPP allows farmers to sign-up for conservation technical and financial assistance through targeted regional or thematic projects that are organized by farm and conservation organizations, state agencies, conservation districts, or others with an interest in partnering with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation […]

Sustainable Farming Research Innovations Highlighted

March 20, 2014

Following up on its award winning report published for 2011 and 2012, USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its latest biennial report highlighting a variety of research projects that have been funded over the last two years that are helping to advance sustainable farming. The SARE program is administered through four […]

Funding Once Again Available for Organic Research!!

March 18, 2014

After a year-long hiatus, NSAC is pleased to report that the cornerstone organic research program is once again up and running — with $20 million in funding to award in 2014!!  Yesterday, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released its 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI […]

Community Food Projects Grant Program Funding Available for FY 2014

March 3, 2014

Late last week, the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) posted a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2014 round of the Community Food Project Grants Program (CFP).  Unfortunately, NIFA posted this to their website without issuing a press release or a Federal Register notice, so there was no way of knowing the RFA had […]

Funding Available for Farm to School

February 20, 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the release of a request for applications for the third round of USDA’s Farm to School  grants, including the addition of a new funding track for training events and conferences.  These grants help to improve the health and well being of students through school meals […]

Apply Now for Conservation Innovation Grants

February 7, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of funding (PDF) for FY 2014 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG program is a voluntary effort to promote science-based solutions for the benefit of both farmers and the environment.  CIG applicants are typically non-governmental organizations, State or local governments, or […]

Organic Transitions Research Funding Available

February 6, 2014

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the release of its FY2014 Organic Transitions Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Program (ORG)  Request for Applications (RFA). The overall goal of the Organic Transitions program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of […]

Growing State Support for Farm to School Activities Shown in New Legislative Survey

January 10, 2014

Earlier this week, the National Farm to School Network, an NSAC member group, released a survey of farm to school-related legislation from around the country that has been proposed or enacted by states since 2002. Conducted jointly with Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the survey is an update to a similar […]

CSP Sign Up Extended Until February 7

January 8, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for applications to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers interested in enrolling in CSP now have until February 7 to submit their initial applications to NRCS. The original deadline was January 17, which gives producers an extra […]

Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Begins – Farmer Applications Due by January 17

December 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of the 2014 enrollment process for farmers and ranchers who want to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Producers interested in enrolling in CSP for the 2014 fiscal year must submit their initial applications to NRCS by January 17, 2014. […]

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