Grants and Programs


30 Days To Comment on VAPG Rule

May 28, 2010

The long anticipated proposed rule for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program was published in today’s Federal Register.  The comment period for the proposed rule is only 30 days with comments on the regulatory provisions due by June 28, 2010. We expect the announcement of VAPG awards from the 2009 competition next week, and will […]

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program Rule is Out with NOFA to Follow

May 28, 2010

Today’s Federal Register included the interim final rule for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP), one of NSAC’s 2008 Farm Bill priority program.  The interim rule goes into effect on June 28, 2010, but the USDA will be taking public comments until July 27, 2010. RMAP is a new program created in the 2008 Farm […]

Mobile Slaughter Units and Untapped Markets

May 25, 2010

On Tuesday USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) published a compliance guide to help operators of mobile slaughter units understand the regulatory requirements that pertain to them.   It should also be must reading for entrepreneurs considering building a mobile slaughter facility. FSIS is requesting feedback on the guidance by July 26 and will incorporate […]

Help for Farmers in Accessing CSP

May 12, 2010

Thirty more days remain before the June 11th deadline for applications to the 2010 round of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  A number of NSAC member groups have resources to help producers sign up for CSP (with more to follow soon): ATTRA recently posted an updated step-by-step guide to the CSP application process to their […]

USDA Reallocates Funding for Agricultural and Forest Land Protection

May 12, 2010

On Tuesday, May 11, USDA announced the reallocation of over $80 million in FY2010 funding to 37 states for the Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP), the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), and the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP).  Reallocation occurs when some states do not use all of the money originally allocated to them, […]

USDA Announces 2010 CSP Application Deadline

May 10, 2010

USDA announced today that farmers and ranchers have until June 11 to submit applications to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year.  The brief application form can be filed at a local NRCS service center. After submitting the application, farmers will be scheduled for a follow-up meeting with NRCS to complete the CSP […]

Opportunity to Give Input on AFRI RFA

May 7, 2010

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting public comments on its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to help guide the development of the 2011 Requests for Applications (RFAs). NIFA will also host a public meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at One Washington Circle […]

Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants

April 30, 2010

The USDA announced Wednesday that almost $3.5 million will be available for the Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant program (SSDPG) which provides competitive grant funds for cooperatives or an association of cooperatives to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged, small-scale producers. Applications are due by July 27, 2010.  Applicants may propose projects up to $200,000 […]

New NSAC Guide to USDA funding for Food Systems

April 28, 2010

This week, NSAC is launching a new tool to help producers, community-based organizations, local governments, and other groups who are engaged in work to develop their local or regional food system. The Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems seeks to de-mystify some of the federal grant programs most likely to be […]

Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Applications Open

April 23, 2010

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is taking applications for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) until May 27, 2010.  The full Request for Proposals can be found here. The CCPI allows NRCS to partner with eligible organizations to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.  […]

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