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Spotlight on Agricultural Fundraising – April 2016

If you are interested in any of the funding opportunities below please contact Deirdre Birmingham at: deirdreb4@gmail.com


Scholarships for National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, WI – Apply by 4/25/16



Missouri Specialty Crop Grants – Apply by 4/26/2016



Sign-up for USDA NRCS’ New Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative –Apply by 4/29/2016



USDA NRCS Urges Landowners to Sign-Up for Conservation Planning – Apply by 4/30/2016



National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program – Students Should Apply by 5/2/2016



USDA Seeks Grant Program Reviewers for Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Foods Promotion Program – Apply by 5/2/16



University of Minnesota Deep Winter Greenhouse Project – Apply by 5/3/2016



2016 USDA Conservation Innovation Grants – Apply by 5/10/2016



USDA Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants – Apply by 5/12/2016



NRCS Missouri – Grants available to partners for Farm Bill program promotion – Apply by 5/13/2016



MI Value Added/Regional Food Systems Grants – Apply by 5/26/2016



Selected Watersheds to Receive NRCS funding – Apply by 6/10/16


If your area is eligible, contact your local NRCS service center: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/contact/local/


NRCS Indiana – Funding Landscape Conservation Projects – Apply by 6/17/2016



Resources for Producers Thinking About Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) – Apply by 6/24/2016 (Online Applications) or 7/1/2016 (Paper Applications – Mailed)

Two examples of Value-Added Producer Grant awards from 2015 include:

  • Shoshone-Bannock Enterprises in Fort Hall, Idaho, received a $75,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study on processing, packaging and marketing buffalo meat, a first step in identifying potential new market opportunities.
  • Sappa Valley Poultry in Oberlin, Kan., received a $49,663 grant to expand distribution of their free-range chicken products into eastern Colorado and western Kansas markets.

VAPG Resources and Materials for Application Submission


New Conservation Option for Organic Farms Unveiled – Apply for the Conservation Reserve Program; Sign-up is continuous!


Contact your local FSA office if interested:



Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grants – NO DEADLINE



NRCS Program to Improve Monarch Butterfly Habitat – Deadlines Vary



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