Grants and Programs


Organic Certification Cost Share Data Publication

February 10, 2011

On February 9, USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) published updated financial information on its two organic certification cost-share programs: the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) and National Organic Certification Cost Share Programs (NOCCSP).  The publication provides a state-by-state overview of all program activity from fiscal year 2008 through to the present, including data from reports submitted […]

LSP Report Evaluates 2010 BFRDP Awards

February 7, 2011

On Monday, February 7, the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) issued a report evaluating the 2010 grant allocations through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Project (BFRDP), administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  NSAC collaborated on the evaluation and report. The evaluation included a phone survey of […]

Upcoming USDA Program and Grant Deadlines

February 1, 2011

In case you haven’t kept track of all of the blogs we’ve posted about USDA conservation and competitive grant programs over the past few months, here is a handy summary of the USDA programs with upcoming enrollment or application deadlines: Sign-up Deadlines for USDA Conservation Programs: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, administered by USDA’s […]

40th Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up Announced

January 28, 2011

On Friday, January 28, USDA announced that a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up will be held from March 14-April 14, 2011.  This is the 40th general sign-up for the CRP and the second general sign-up since 2006.  Secretary Vilsack made the announcement today at the National Pheasant Fest in Omaha, Nebraska. The last general […]

AFRI Releases RFA for Childhood Obesity Prevention Projects

January 27, 2011

On Wednesday, January 26, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a Request for Applications (RFA) for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.  AFRI has yet to release FY 2011 RFAs for the remaining four Challenge Areas: climate change, food safety, global food security, and sustainable bioenergy.  […]

USDA Publishes Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Final Rule

January 24, 2011

On Monday, January 24, NRCS published its final rule (FR) for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) in the Federal Register.  You can download a pdf version of the final rule here. USDA published its interim final rule (IFR) for public comment on January 16, 2009, and subsequently published an amendment to: Clarify […]

Specialty Crop Webinar Now Available Online

January 24, 2011

On December 16, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) hosted an interactive webinar on the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program, “Grant Opportunity: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Specialty Crops,” which is now archived and available for playback here.  The 50-minute webinar, led by SCBG program manager Trista Etzig, discussed the purpose of the program, the types […]

Proposed Rule Issued for Direct Marketing Program

January 19, 2011

On Wednesday, January 19, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service issued proposed rules for the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The FMPP is a competitive grants program that makes federal funds available for projects to establish, expand, and promote farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture, internet sales, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer marketing opportunities. The FMPP […]

First 2010 AFRI Awards Announced

January 18, 2011

USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) dribbled out two announcements last week on 2010 awards under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  AFRI is the largest of several NIFA competitive grants research, education and extension programs. On January 13, a grant award to Oregon State University for childhood obesity prevention in rural […]

CSP Conservation Enhancements and Practices Available for FY 2011 Sign-up

January 18, 2011

As we reported in a blog post earlier this month, USDA had finalized but not yet released the full list of conservation enhancements and conservation practices available for the FY 2011 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) sign-up.  This new information, which includes revisions to environmental benefit scores and the descriptions of the new enhancements, is now […]

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