Apply Now for SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grants
The Farmer Rancher Grant is one of the best programs out there that help farmers try out a new idea, research a question, or start a new project. It’s now accepting proposals, and the deadline is November 29th.
So…What’s happening with the farm bill?
The Farm Bill has expired. You may have noticed that there wasn’t rioting in the streets, but that doesn’t mean everything’s A-Okay. What does it mean for sustainable agriculture? Read on.
Apply Now to the Value-Added Producer Grant Program!
Are you a farmer with an idea for a value-added product? The deadline for applying to the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants program is October 15th, and here are some resources to help you write a successful grant and start your project!
Grants Advising Services Provided Through Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
MFAI’s Grants Advisor can help you apply to grant and cost-share programs of state or federal sources that could help you start or expand your agricultural, forestry or related business. Read on for more details…
Disaster Assistance vs. Farm Bill
Are farmers going to get a Farm Bill or just disaster assistance? It’s time for a good ol’ political showdown!
So Far, Some Farm Bill Successes
Are eaters having an impact on our agricultural policy? In a recent Edible Madison article, Michael Fields’ own Bridget Holcomb talks about recent successes in the Senate’s draft of the Farm Bill.
Wisconsin Has Much to Gain, Lose From Next Farm Bill
Public policy expert says there is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in the latest Farm Bill being taken up by Congress.
Farm to School Grants from the USDA
While Wisconsin has yet to financially support Farm to School programs, some schools in the state may get assistance through the federal Farm to School Grant program. The grants will range in size from $20,000 to $100,000 and can be for planning a Farm to School program or expanding an existing program. Proposals are due June 15th.
So the Wisconsin State Legislature finished its session. What happened?
As our legislators head home to campaign, it’s time to take stock: how did sustainable agriculture fare? Here’s the scoop…
Organic and Transitioning Farmers: Conservation Cost Applications Due March 30
Organic farmers depend on conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient and pest management, seasonal high tunnels, crop rotation, and fencing. And there’s a program to help organic farmers with those conservation practices.
Your story matters!
Have federal programs helped your farm or business? Please share how …
American farmers have always been among the nation’s innovators, and USDA began offering Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG’s) about ten years ago to help them keep innovating. This grant program is a crucial economic driver in rural America, helping farmers explore new options, expand their businesses, boost profits, and employ new workers.
Make an Impact on the Future of Organic Agriculture
Are you interested in the future of organic agriculture in Wisconsin and are willing to do your part to help it grow? If so, the nomination period is now open for four seats on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council. Nominations must be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Monday, March 19, 2012. [Read more…]
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities
This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster sustainable and innovative initiatives in this country associated with agriculture and forestry. Sustainability is commonly understood to embrace the triple concepts of economic, environmental and social viability. Specifically, the guide provides information about program resources pertaining to natural resources conservation and management; […]
Does your school want to become a Farm to School site?
Wisconsin’s AmeriCorps Farm to School Program has created active and engaged Farm to School programs at schools around the state, and they are currently accepting new applicants.
Are you a farmer? Do you practice conservation? Want to get paid for it?
The deadline just got pushed back, so you have until January 27 to fill out an application form and get in the Conservation Stewardship Program this year!
Building Food Systems, One Business At A Time
There are lots of federal and state programs to help build food systems (Really! For information about all of them, check out our Building Sustainable Places Guide). But how do we make it easier for farmers to access these programs? Well, Brittany did it, with a little help from us.
Are you a farmer? Do you practice conservation? Want to get paid for it?
The Conservation Stewardship Program rewards farmers for the conservation they are already doing and provides the means to do more. As Chippewa County farmer Bob Bernier says, “You’re saving your soil, your costs are cheaper, and you’re going to make more money in the end. You’re a fool not to be in this program.” To get in the program for next year, fill out an application form by January 13th.
Many of the movement’s longstanding organizers and policy leaders are approaching retirement, and the movement needs to cultivate new activists of diverse cultural backgrounds and skills. MFAI’s policy internship program helps prospective leaders gain a foothold in the movement’s varied advocacy positions. We offer two five-month policy internships every spring with a small stipend of […]
Producers First Technical Assistance Available
For many farmers who sell to the local market, hiring an expert is something that other farmers do. Many farmers think that there aren’t any experts out there for what they need, or that the cost would be too much. But in Wisconsin, some farmers are hiring experts through the state’s Producers First program, and their businesses are better for it.
Make Farm to School Happen!
Farmers benefit. Students benefit. Communities benefit. Farm to School is such a no-brainer. We’re going to make it happen in Wisconsin, and we’re going to do it with red packets. (Watch the video…it will make sense.)
Three Wisconsin Farmers Earn Stewardship Awards
We tip our hats to three Wisconsin farmers who were recently recognized for their excellent conservation! Jody Ausen, James Pingel and Jerry Wahleitner received awards from Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel on September 7 for being the top-ranked farmers in Wisconsin’s Conservation Stewardship Program enrollment this year. The Conservation Stewardship Program is for farms of all types and sizes, and rewards farmers for the conservation they are already doing as well as providing them the means to do even more.
Do Farms Count As Businesses?
With all of this talk about the need to create jobs, where do farmers fit in? Nationally, two great tools to help get new farmers into business and stay in business are on the chopping block. Our Senators could change this, but they have to hear from us first…
Why Farmer Advocates Are Needed (And why not to play cards with one)
Farmer advocates are willing to dive into red tape and become experts on the fine print, all to ensure that farmers have equal access to loans and other resources they need. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them. [Read more…]
USDA Trying To Right Past Wrongs, One Claim At A Time
The USDA isn’t proud of its history dealing with women and minority farmers. And there’s a reason for that – many perfectly eligible farmers have been denied farm loans because they were women or minorities. But the USDA is trying to right past wrongs… and put $1.33 billion behind it.