Grants and Programs


USDA Announces $23 Million in Grants for Organic Research

September 30, 2014

On Monday, September 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced over $23 million in grants to support organic farming research.  The money was awarded through the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)—the flagship research competitive grants program dedicated to funding research relevant to organic producers—and the Organic […]

New Grant Funding Available to Encourage SNAP Participants to Buy from Local Produce Farmers

September 29, 2014

On Monday, September 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released  its very first request for applications (RFA) for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant program, a new competitive grants program created in the 2014 Farm Bill to improve the health of low-income communities while boosting economic opportunities for […]

Three Vermont Projects Receive USDA Grants to Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Local Foods

September 25, 2014

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development agency announced almost $3 million in awards through the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) programs to promote sustainable economic development in rural regions. Eleven projects in New York, North Dakota, and Vermont received RBEG funding, totaling $1,258,825.  RBOG funding went […]

NSAC Joins Twenty-Eight Groups in Supporting Funding for AFRI

September 23, 2014

On Monday September 22, twenty-eight members of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coalition sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees thanking them for the increase in funding for AFRI included in each of their Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bills. The letter also requests their continued support […]

$68 million in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Announced

September 19, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $68 million investment in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the country through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The majority of the money, over $56 million, was distributed as loans.  Another $12 million was awarded as grants.  Of the 540 projects […]

Funding Now Available for Farmer Risk Management Education

September 18, 2014

On Monday, September 16, four regional Extension Risk Management Education Centers jointly issued this year’s Requests for Applications (RFA) for their competitive grants program that provides funding for farmer-based risk management education, outreach and training. The Risk Management Education program offers a funding opportunity for projects led by cooperative extension, non-profit and community-based organizations that […]

Conservation Innovation Grant Recipients Announced

September 16, 2014

On Monday, September 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 47 new Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awards, totaling $15.7 million.  Recipients include universities, soil and water conservation districts, tribal organizations, resource conservation and development councils, and non-profit organizations.  Roughly half of this year’s CIG awards focus on soil health. The CIG program is administered […]

New Report Identifies Changes Needed for USDA Agriculture Research

September 12, 2014

Earlier this week, the National Research Council (NRC) released a report calling for increased funding along with major changes to the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative — USDA’s largest agriculture research program. The report was commissioned by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which is the federal agency responsible for awarding extramural research […]

$328 Million for Agricultural Conservation Easements Awarded

September 9, 2014

On Monday, September 8, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $328 million in funding for 380 conservation easement projects as part of the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).  The projects will protect and restore 129,000 acres of farmland, grasslands, and wetlands across all 50 states. The 2014 […]

Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

September 9, 2014

Organic producers and handlers can still take advantage of certification cost-share funding through the end of the fiscal year…

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