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Organic Certification Cost Share Deadlines

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Grant Advising | 0 comments

Organic Certification Cost Share Certified organic producers and handlers can apply now for reimbursement of certification-related expenses incurred during Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015. Payments may be up to 75 percent of certification costs with a maximum of $750 per category of certification. The certification cost-share program is managed through state departments of agriculture. Click here for more information about the cost-share program as well as organic certification from the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Apply for reimbursement by the deadlines per state. Illinois — Nov. 2, 2015 Iowa — Sept. 30, 2015 Michigan — Dec. 1, 2015 Minnesota — Oct. 31, 2015 North Dakota — Nov. 16, 2015 South Dakota — Nov. 13, 2015 Wisconsin — Nov. 30,...

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Western Lake Erie Basin MI Conservation Assistance

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Grant Advising | 0 comments

USDA to Expand Conservation Assistance to Farmers in Western Lake Erie Basin Farmers in Seven Michigan Counties Eligible for Additional Conservation Funds EAST LANSING, Aug. 19, 2015—The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $500,000 in conservation financial assistance available to Michigan farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The funding is part of a $5 million investment announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to improve water quality in the basin. “Runoff from farm land is one of the many sources of nutrients that contribute to harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie. The USDA is providing assistance for farmers to do their part to improve water quality in the basin,” said USDA State Conservationist Garry Lee. Michigan farmers in the western Lake Erie basin, which includes all or portions of seven southeast Michigan counties, have until Aug. 28 to apply for the conservation funds. The funds will be used to assist farmers in implementing new conservation practices that will help improve water quality by reducing the amount of nutrients moving from farm land to surface water. Examples of practices eligible for financial assistance include cover crops, filter strips, nutrient management plans, residue and tillage management and conservation crop rotations. Farmers in seven Michigan counties are eligible to apply for the funding, these include; Lenawee and...

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Children’s Garden Grants – Deadline October 2

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For those educating children about gardening: “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies” Garden Grant Join Jamba Juice and KidsGardening.org as they celebrate five years of garden grants. The Fall 2015 Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies” Garden Grant is an award designed to support schools, community organizations, and nonprofits in charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their communities. The grant program is open to schools, community organizations, and non-profit...

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Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Pre-Proposals Due Sept. 14th

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Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Pre-Proposal Deadline is September 14th! Join the growing list of local food businesses reaching their goals through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program. Proposals for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant-funded projects are now being accepted from individuals, groups, businesses and organizations involved in Wisconsin agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism sites. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships. Eligible project...

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