Rural Development


Strategic Economic and Community Development Rule – Open for Comment!

May 20, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, the US Department of Agriculture published an interim rule on the Strategic Economic and Community Development program under Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This rule, which goes into effect on June 19, sets aside up to 10 percent of funds appropriated to a handful of Rural Development (RD) programs to focus some […]

Upcoming Deadlines for Federal Farm and Food Programs

May 20, 2015

With seeds in the soil and summer approaching, deadlines for federal farm and food grant programs are coming up as quickly as your seedlings! For farmers, ranchers, and groups who work with producers, the next few months are critical to ensure timely and successful completion of applications, so read on! NSAC has compiled a list of upcoming deadlines […]

Organizations Defend Rural Development Funding in 2016 Appropriations

May 18, 2015

On Thursday, May 14, the Campaign for a Renewed Rural Development (CRRD) — a coalition of organizations that works to advance rural development — delivered a letter urging the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees to support key rural development programs during the fiscal year (FY) 2016 appropriations process. The letter urges appropriators to protect and […]

Programs in Action: Growing Business with the Value-Added Producer Grant Program

May 12, 2015

Last week, USDA announced the request for applications for this year’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program cycle. Today we check in with a past VAPG grantee to see how their farm business has grown thanks to the grant funding made possible through this important federal program! In 2012, Steve McKaskle and his family had a […]

USDA Now Accepting Applications for Value-Added Producer Grants

May 8, 2015

NSAC has released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding. Individual and groups of producers, as well as farmer coops and producer-controlled businesses, are eligible to apply for these grants, which help to increase income and marketing opportunities for America’s farmers and ranchers, along with fishermen, loggers, and other harvesters of agricultural commodities.

Briefing Spotlights Local Food, Farmer Livelihoods, Community Development, and Healthy Food Access

May 6, 2015

On Tuesday, May 5th, a Congressional briefing organized by the Food and Agriculture Policy Collaborative (FAPC)* highlighted federal programs to support local and regional food and farming, economic development, improved health outcomes, and access to good food. The briefing was part of a successful and growing partnership of FAPC members, linking federal policy with place-based outcomes and […]

Agriculture Funding Debates Continue, Decisions Loom

March 20, 2015

This week and last, the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees continued their examination of the Obama Administration’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2016. Food & Drug Administration On Thursday, March 12, Senate appropriators questioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about their increased budget request to support implementation of the Food Safety Modernization […]

Healthy Food Access Project Funding For FY 2015 Available Through HHS

February 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a modified Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2015, updated from last year’s announcement for Community Development Corporations (CDCs) under the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). HFFI is a tri-agency program administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, HHS, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to […]

What Does the President’s 2016 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

February 2, 2015

There are some positive signs in the budget request for sustainable food and agriculture priorities, but also some very major disappointments.

Farm and Rural Small Business Energy Grant Deadlines Announced

December 30, 2014

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a farm bill energy title program, is open for applicants at any time, but application cut-off dates are announced annually.  For 2015, the dates range from February through June, as detailed below and in the Federal Register of December 28, 2014. REAP provides two types of funding assistance […]

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