Grants and Programs


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.

USDA Announces Iowa REAP Grant Recipients

October 14, 2010

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $32 million in loans and grants for 433 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Iowa under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Grants and loans totaled $14.5 million and $17.4 million, respectively. REAP, which is administered by USDA’s Rural Development agency, makes grants and loans available to […]

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Announces 2010 Grants

October 14, 2010

On Thursday, October 14, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the 2010 grants of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).  The program awarded 77 grants in 34 states, amounting to $4,099,897 in funding. The FMPP was first developed by NSAC in the lead up to the 2002 Farm Bill, and we have championed funding for […]

37 Programs Will Lose Baseline Funding in 2012 Farm Bill

October 7, 2010

On September 29, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a new report, “Previewing the Next Farm Bill: Unfunded and Early-Expiring Provisions,” which details the 37 programs that will no longer have baseline funding in the next farm bill cycle. Together, these programs account for $9-10 billion dollars (depending on estimation approach), or 4% of the […]

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