Grants and Programs


$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…

Deadline for Applications for Minority Farmer Assistance Grant Program

August 22, 2014

On Thursday, August 21st, the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) hosted a listening session on available funding for the Outreach and Technical Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers program – also known as the Section 2501 program.  The listening session provided organizations from across the country the opportunity to directly engage […]

Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

Farmers and Ranchers Awarded Value-Added Producer Grants

August 20, 2014

USDA announces $25 million in grants to support farmers and ranchers in developing or expanding value-added businesses and markets.

USDA Announces Microenterprise Training Awards

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, USDA announced that it has provided $300,000 in grant funding to each of 10 organizations to provide training and technical assistance to rural micro-entrepreneurs who are seeking to start or grow rural small businesses.  The $300,000 is carry-over funding from previous years, not to be confused with the $1.5 million in […]

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