Grants and Programs


Digging Deeper into Continuous CRP Enrollments

March 24, 2015

Earlier this month, NSAC teamed up with water quality, conservation, and grain and oilseed processor groups to encourage the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to set aside at least a third of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and the State Acres for Wildlife […]

Farmers, Ranchers Visit DC to Speak Out on Critical Sustainable Agriculture Programs

March 19, 2015

On March 18th, independent family farmers and ranchers from all over the country traveled to DC to meet with their Congressional members to advocate for critical sustainable agriculture programs. They discussed the importance of federal funding for programs that support working lands conservation, agricultural research, and food safety outreach. Over the course of the day, the farmers met with their Senators and Representatives to discuss their personal experiences working with sustainable agriculture programs. The farmers explained how funding for these programs is an effective investment in rural economies, local food systems, and environmental improvement.

Farm to School Resources Released Along with Plea to Participate in Farm to School Census

March 19, 2015

Farm to School programs not only help instill healthy eating habits and agricultural literacy in the next generation, but also support the local farming economy. Whether incorporating food products from local and regional farmers into school meals, providing lessons about agriculture and nutrition, or building school gardens full of vegetables, farm to school programs exist […]

Local Food and Farm to School Funding Available

March 16, 2015

USDA announced $96.8 million for four programs supporting specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts.

Organic Farming Research Funding Available

March 9, 2015

USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the Requests for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions (ORG). These two programs are the flagship federal research, education, and extension grant programs for organic production. Approximately […]

Sign Up For CSP By Friday, March 13!

March 9, 2015

The deadline to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2015 ends on Friday, March 13! Applications can be submitted to your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office at any time throughout the year, but if you miss the March 13 cutoff, then your application won’t be considered until 2016. What is CSP? […]

Upcoming Deadlines for Federal Farm and Food Grant Programs

March 4, 2015

NSAC has compiled a list of upcoming deadlines for federal grant applications and grant assistance workshops.

Good News for Farmers and Kids: Farm to School Bill Introduced

February 25, 2015

Congress will consider the Farm to School Act as part of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act.

Release: Farm to School Act of 2015, Connecting Students to Local Food and Farms, Introduced in Congress

February 25, 2015

Feb. 25, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today, members of Congress took the first step toward a major win for local economies, farm families and the health of our nation’s children. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015 to […]

Nearly $160 Million Available for Agricultural Research and Extension

February 23, 2015

Successful, sustainable farming systems rely on sound research to provide innovative solutions to the challenges that farmers of all kinds face on their farms every day, today and into the future. Since 2008, the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI), USDA’s largest competitive research grant program, has provided grants to universities and non-profit and private […]

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