here or by visiting the NCAT website here. If you would like a hard copy, please contact our colleagues at NCAT by emailing pubs@ncat.org or by calling (800) 346-9140. If you live in Madison, Wisconsin or East Troy, Wisconsin, you may be able to obtain a hard copy from MFAI staff by contacting web@michaelfields.org. For additional questions on USDA program information, please contact MFAI’s grants advisor, Martin Bailkey at grants@michaelfields.org.

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NOW AVAILABLE – Revised Federal Program Guidebook on Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities

Every 4-5 years, congress makes revisions to the Farm Bill which impacts the funding available for USDA grant and loan programs.  The bill also influences additional services provided by USDA agencies (for example, the National Resource Conservation Service).  It can be challenging to stay up to date with the changes, but organizations like Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) are here to help!

In partnership with USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), MFAI staff authored the latest publication of Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities:  A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development. Scroll through the 95-page document to find information on over 60 programs ranging from Natural Resource Conservation to Local Food Systems to Economic Development for Farms, Small Businesses.  Each program is a 1-2 page summary with details on the application process, previously funded examples, USDA contact information and much more.

You may download a FREE PDF copy of the guidebook by visiting the SARE website here or by visiting the NCAT website here. If you would like a hard copy, please contact our colleagues at NCAT by emailing pubs@ncat.org or by calling (800) 346-9140. If you live in Madison, Wisconsin or East Troy, Wisconsin, you may be able to obtain a hard copy from MFAI staff by contacting web@michaelfields.org. For additional questions on USDA program information, please contact MFAI’s grants advisor, Martin Bailkey at grants@michaelfields.org.