Federal Funding Spotlight on Agriculture Programs Benefiting Growers, Green Infrastructure & Workforce Development

This week’s Federal Funding Spotlight focuses on federal grant and cooperative agreement opportunities relating to agriculture, including…

  • A program that helps increase access to and availability of regionally produced agricultural products;
  • A program that improves green infrastructure through planting of trees and other vegetation;
  • A program that focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences;
  • And more!

Click here to view the latest funding opportunities published to Grants.gov.

Federal Funding Spotlight

Farmers Market Promotion Program

  • Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: June 18, 2019
  • The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is a component of the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), which is authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill under the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP). The goals of FMPP grants are to develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer to consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of regionally produced agricultural products.

 

USDA Forest Service – Great Lakes RFA 2019

  • Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: June 28, 2019
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service will support projects in the Great Lakes basin that implement the following strategic, priority actions: mitigate or control invasive forest insect and disease impacts; create or improve green infrastructure through planting of trees and other vegetation; or enhance coastal wetland function by restoring native trees and diverse vegetation.

 

Cooperative Agriculture

  • Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: September 30, 2023
  • The objectives for the use of cooperative agriculture in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) are: production or modification of specific cover types or growing methods that meet the life history requirements of species for which we have established objectives (e.g., waterfowl production); production of foods for wildlife species for which we have established objectives; and/or maintenance, rehabilitation, or reestablishment of natural habitat. Cooperative agriculture is when a person or entity conducts agricultural practices on NWRS lands in support of the Service conservation and resource management objectives and there is substantial involvement between the Service and that person or entity. The NWRS uses cooperative agreements, known as Cooperative Agriculture Agreements (CAAs), as the legal instruments to formalize the agreement between the Service and the program participant. The cost-sharing of a person or entity in cooperative agricultural on NWRS lands can vary depending on the needs and objectives of the particular NWRS land.

 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development

  • Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: August 22, 2019
  • The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2019, EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training.

 

Signals in the Soil

  • National Science Foundation
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 15, 2019
  • This program encourages convergent research that transforms existing capabilities in understanding dynamic, near-surface soil processes through advances in sensor systems and modeling. To accomplish this research, multiple disciplines must converge to produce novel sensors and/or sensing systems of multiple modalities that are adaptable to different environments and collect data and report on a wide range of chemical, biological and physical parameters. This type of approach will also be necessary to develop next generation soil models, wireless communication and cyber systems capabilities, and to grow a scientific community that is able to address complex problems through education and outreach. This program fosters collaboration among the partner agencies and the researchers they support by combining resources and funding for the most innovative and high-impact projects that address their respective missions.

 

Children, Youth and Families at Risk Sustainable Communities Projects

  • Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: April 22, 2019
  • The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives.

One thought on “Federal Funding Spotlight on Agriculture Programs Benefiting Growers, Green Infrastructure & Workforce Development

  1. Agriculture finance and agricultural insurance are strategically important for eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Globally, there are an estimated 500 million smallholder farming households – representing 2.5 billion people – relying, to varying degrees, on agricultural production for their livelihoods. The benefits of our work include the following: growing income of farmers and agricultural SMEs through commercialization and access to better technologies, increasing resilience through climate smart production, risk diversification and access to financial tools, and smoothing the transition of non-commercial farmers out of agriculture and facilitating the consolidation of farms, assets and production (financing structural change).

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