Grants and Programs

Free USDA Webinar on Specialty Crop Block Grants

December 10, 2010

On December 16, 2pm EST, USDA will conduct a free webinar on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  The webinar will discuss the purpose of the program, the types of projects the program aims to fund, and how to apply for a grant. According to the webinar announcement, “USDA invites everyone who is currently engaged […]

USDA Releases FY11 RFA for Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

December 2, 2010

On November 30, 2010, USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released the FY 2011 Request for Applications (RFA) for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), USDA’s flagship competitive grants program for organic agriculture research, education, and extension.  Applications are due February 10, 2011. This year, OREI anticipates that $19 million will […]

NRCS Issues FY11 RFA for Conservation Innovation Grants

December 1, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) request for applications for program funding for FY 2011.  NRCS anticipates that $25 million will be available in FY 2011. While the request for applications will not be published in the Federal Register, you can download it here from […]

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Introduced in House, Senate

December 1, 2010

On Tuesday, November 30, Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced bills (S 3986/HR 6462) in the Senate and House, respectively, that would establish the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) within the USDA.  Nine Senators and five Representatives joined as original co-sponsors. The HFFI program would improve access to healthy food in underserved […]

USDA Announces Funding for Conservation Projects in Mississippi River Basin

November 29, 2010

On Monday, November 29, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of up to $43 million in FY 2011 funding for existing conservation projects to improve water quality in forty-one priority watersheds through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), administered by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  The funding will be available to […]

USDA Releases Final FY10 Contract and Payment Data for Easement Programs

November 19, 2010

On Friday, November 12, USDA officially announced that it obligated nearly $550 million to enroll 272,762 acres in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) in FY 2010.  With this signup–the highest single-year enrollment in WRP history and a 52 percent increase over last year’s 179,000 acres–nearly 2.35 million acres are now enrolled in WRP nationwide.  In […]

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Moving Forward

November 17, 2010

By Amy Bacigalupo, Land Stewardship Project, Farm Beginning Program Director As I addressed the group of 60 participants for the first Project Director’s meeting for USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), I was struck by a strong sense of excitement.  It is truly momentous that the 29 projects represented at the meeting are […]

USDA to Host Grant Writing Webinar for Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program

November 4, 2010

On November 22, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will host a webinar on how to write grants for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).  The webinar, lasting from 2:00-3:30pm (EDT), will discuss the program, eligibility, changes in FY 2011, and major “dos” and “don’ts” of writing proposals. The request for applications […]

Biomass Crop Assistance Program – Additional Concerns

October 29, 2010

Earlier this week NSAC issued a blog on the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), a rule that does not do nearly enough to ensure that BCAP will focus on projects for the establishment of perennial bioenergy crops.  USDA’s Farm Service Agency also issued this week a record of decision for the […]

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 […]

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