Grants and Programs


Sign up now for the Conservation Stewardship Program for 2015

January 29, 2015

Interested in enrolling in the Conservation Stewardship Program? Submit your application by February 27.

USDA Requests Proposals for 2015 Conservation Innovation Grants

January 29, 2015

Pre-proposals for the Conservation Innovation Grants program are due to the NRCS by February 24.

Funding Available to Establish a National Center for Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a request for applications (RFA) to establish a National Coordination Center as part of the Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Grants Program. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for […]

USDA Announces $370 Million in Conservation Partnership Awards

January 14, 2015

Secretary Tom Vilsack announces awards for the recently created Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

Arkansas Farmer Uses VAPG to Bring Back Heirloom Tomatoes

December 8, 2014

Note: This is the third in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) award recipients.  To read the other blog posts in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG award to expand online access to healthy food, and here to learn how […]

New Awards Will Strengthen Farm to School Programs

December 2, 2014

Local farmers, food businesses, and schools from 82 farm to school projects across the country received a boost today with the announcement of over $5 million in funding from the Farm to School Grant Program by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack. These grant awards will serve more than 13,000 schools and 2.8 million […]

Top Sustainable Agriculture Programs Explained in New Farm Bill Guide!

November 21, 2014

Those looking for an accessible rundown on federal sustainable farming and food systems programs have a new, printed resource available to them!  The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) recently published a comprehensive printed guide to federal sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development programs.  NSAC, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and USDA’s Sustainable […]

Dairy Farmer Uses Grant for Value-Added Cheese Production

November 13, 2014

Note: This is the second in a three-part series providing a closer look at some of this year’s Value-Added Producer Grant award recipients.  To read the other blog post in this series, click here to read about how one organization used a VAPG grant to expand online access to healthy food. Few foods have the […]

New Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs Helps Distill Farm Bill Resources

November 10, 2014

NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to the Federal Farm and Food Programs is a free, digital resource to help build a more sustainable farm and food future.

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