Grants and Programs


CSP 2011 Sign-Up Deadline Extended; New CSP Enhancements Approved and Scored

January 5, 2011

The application deadline to apply to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for 2011 has just been extended from January 7 until January 21, 2011.  The extension will provide a few more weeks for farmers and ranchers to consider whether to submit an application at their local USDA office. While CSP is a continuous […]

USDA Requests Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program Applications

December 23, 2010

On Friday, December 23, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a request for applications for FY2011 funding for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP).  Congress has yet to appropriate FY2011 funding for FSMIP.  AMS program staff, however, decided to issue the notice prior to securing the funding to allow applicants time to leverage funding and […]

2011 Sign-up for EQIP Organic Initiative

December 20, 2010

On Monday, December 20, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced $50 million in available funding for the 2011 sign-up of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative. The EQIP Organic Initiative, administered by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), provides financial and technical assistance to certified organic producers and producers transitioning to organic to […]

Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Released

December 14, 2010

(Updated Version — 12/15/10 — of Original Post) The Senate Appropriations Committee released the long-awaited omnibus, government-wide appropriations bill the afternoon of December 14.  The $1.1 trillion bill is a less than two percent increase over FY 2010, $26 billion less than what the Obama Administration requested in February, $18 billion more than the long-term […]

USDA Issues FY11 Request for Proposals for CCPI and AWEP

December 14, 2010

On Tuesday, December 14, USDA published its FY 2011 Request for Proposals for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) and the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), both of which are administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Both CCPI and AWEP are partnership programs, through which NRCS partners with Indian tribes, State and local […]

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 […]

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