April 26, 2013
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced a request for applications for its latest round of funding for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). FSMIP is a small program designed to assist states to explore new market opportunities through research and innovation.
As the title suggests FSMIP is targeted towards state agencies. Eligible applicants include State departments of agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, State universities, and other appropriate State Agencies. State level applicants are encouraged to partner with industry groups, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders in their proposed projects.
Two previous priority categories remain for the 2013 round of grants:
But this years Request For Applications includes a new and timely priority area:
Eligible agricultural categories include the usual — livestock, livestock products, food and feed crops, fish and shellfish, horticulture, viticulture, apiary, and forest products and processed or manufactured products derived from such commodities. In addition, however, AMS is now also accepting proposals dealing with nutraceuticals, bioenergy, compost, agroforestry products, and products made from agricultural residue.
Proposals may deal with barriers, challenges, or opportunities manifesting at any stage of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail. Proposals should benefit multiple producers or businesses and multi-state proposals are eligible for funding. Proposals may involve small, medium, or large scale agricultural entities but should potentially benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses. Proprietary proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered. Smaller scale projects may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as models for other states.
A stakeholder should contact an appropriate state agency about FSMIP if the stakeholder has a project idea that could benefit from FSMIP funding.
Past award recipients include NSAC members such as: