Grants and Programs


USDA Announces Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program Awardees

October 28, 2010

On Thursday, October 28, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the 75 awardees of grant and loan funds from USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP).  Merrigan made the announcement in Lexington, Kentucky, one of 36 states in which projects will receive funding. “This program creates opportunities for small businesses to prosper by giving them access […]

USDA Calls for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Applications

October 28, 2010

On Tuesday, October 26, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a request for applications (RFA) for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for the fiscal year 2011.  The application period runs through December 22, 2010, with awards expected to be made by or before October 2011.  The farm bill provides […]

USDA Announces Community Food Project Awards

October 27, 2010

Today, October 27, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the recipients of the 2010 Community Food Projects grants, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The grants are intended to help build community food systems and fight hunger and food insecurity in low-income communities. The $4.8 million in grant awards went to 27 […]

NIFA Announces Organic Research and Extension Grants

October 27, 2010

Today, October 27, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 30 grants totaling over $22 million to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. In announcing the awards, NIFA Director Roger Beachy noted “More and more farmers are adopting organic agriculture practices to produce […]

USDA Risk Management Agency Announces $9.6 Million in Partnership Agreements

October 27, 2010

On Tuesday, October 26, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced its annual Partnership Agreement awards, which are geared primarily toward small and underserved producers.  This year, $9.6 million in funds were awarded, including $3.6 million in Community Outreach and Assistance Partnerships. According to the USDA press release, these partnerships “can help farmers diversify production and […]

Biomass Crop Assistance Program Final Rule Major Disappointment

October 26, 2010

The final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program is scheduled for official publication in the Federal Register on October 27.  The final rule was addressed by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last Thursday as part of a set of bioenergy policies. NSAC submitted comments to USDA on the BCAP proposed rule back in April of […]

USDA Announces 2010 Specialty Crop Research Grants

October 25, 2010

Today, October 25, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the 28 recipients of 2010 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grants. The SCRI, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), was established in the 2008 Farm Bill to support the specialty crop industry through research and extension activities.  Specialty crops are defined as […]

USDA Announces Subsidies for Biofuels

October 22, 2010

On Thursday, October 21, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of measures to expand and develop infrastructure and incentives for the production of  biofuels, including a rule to implement the Farm Bill’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).  He also called on Congress to extend the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax which in the near term […]

New Publication on Farm Bill Programs and Habitat Conservation

October 19, 2010

NSAC is pleased to announce the release of a new publication – Conserving Habitat through the Federal Farm Bill: A Guide for Land Trusts and Landowners. A group of six organizations came together to contribute to this comprehensive and practical guide for farmers, ranchers, land trusts and other landowners who want to increase wildlife habitat […]

USDA Announces $18 Million in Awards for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Training and Mentoring Programs

October 18, 2010

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is a competitive grants program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). BFRDP grants are awarded to local, state, and regionally based networks and partnerships to support financial and entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and apprenticeships for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as land link programs that connect retiring with new farmers and innovative farm transfer and transition practices.

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