Grants and Programs


USDA Announces 2010 Recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grants

September 29, 2010

On Friday, September 17th, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan announced the awards made under this year’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program.  The grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops are made in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. […]

Four RBOG Grants Support Local and Regional Food

September 28, 2010

On Thursday, September 23, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the recipients of USDA’s 2010 Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), which support regional planning activities to improve economic conditions in rural areas.  Out of 27 total funded projects, the program awarded grants to four projects pertaining to local and regional food system development: California Association of […]

Rural Community Development Grants Available

September 24, 2010

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday the availability of $6.2 million in grant funding through the USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) for fiscal year 2011.  The RCDI program funds non-profits and other qualifying organizations that provide financial and technical assistance to recipients in rural communities to develop their capacity and ability to undertake economic […]

NSAC Delivers AFRI Recommendations to USDA

September 24, 2010

At its annual summer meeting, the member organizations of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition adopted a set of eight recommendations in support of USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).  Those recommendations were forwarded to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and his agricultural research leadership team today. NSAC has been a key supporter of AFRI and of […]

Conservation Stewardship Program 2011 Sign-Up News

September 24, 2010

NSAC learned today (September 24) that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to hold the farmer and rancher sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) between October 1 and December 31, 2010. CSP is a continuous sign-up program, meaning that farmers and ranchers can apply to participate in the program at any time.  However, […]

Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Funding to Improve Water Quality

September 22, 2010

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced this week that the USDA will disperse $445.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding to 89 projects to improve water quality and sanitation.  The USDA has provided $3.26 billion in Recovery Act funding for water quality and environmental projects since the Act was enacted in […]

USDA Invites States to Apply for Organic Certification Cost-Share Programs

September 8, 2010

On Wednesday, September 8, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a Federal Register notice inviting states to apply for the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program (NOCCSP). As part of the 2008 Farm Bill, NSAC succeeded in securing $22.0 million for the NOCCSP, and these funds will be allocated annually as needed until the next farm […]

USDA Calls for Community Food Project Grant Applications

September 3, 2010

USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued a Request for Applications for the Community Food Project Grants Program (CFP).  CFP is a grant program that addresses food insecurity in low income communities by supporting the development of community-based food projects including projects that address nutritional needs by promoting local, food and farm […]

USDA Announces 2010 Recipients of Rural Business Enterprise Grants

September 3, 2010

On Tuesday, August 31, USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager announced the 61 recipients of its Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. According to the USDA news release, “the RBEG program helps to finance and facilitate the development of new and existing businesses in rural America.  Funds can be used for start-up and working […]

Farmers Markets Week and New Resources

August 4, 2010

Farmers markets improve access to the freshest possible fruits and vegetables while providing direct market farmers with an important source of income.  To celebrate the bountiful services they provide, the USDA has declared August 1-7, 2010 as National Farmers Market Week. As USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack declared, “farmers markets play a key role in developing […]

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