USDA Invests $225M in Innovative Conservation Partnerships
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 88 high-impactprojects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.
OR Community Foundation Awards $20K Grant to Food System Network
In November, The Oregon Community Foundation Board of Directors approved $154,000 in grants to Central Oregon nonprofits, including a $20,000 grant to Oregon Community Food System Network to deliver training, program coordination, and capacity-building support to a network of organizations to address farm and food issues statewide.
NIFA Announces $5M in Funding for Food, Energy, and Water Research
The $5 million will be used for research to better understand how food, energy and water systems interact, and how they can be sustained. This funding is made available through a federal research partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
A Last Minute Gift for Urban Agriculture from OH's Longest Serving Representative
As the 114th Congress winds to a close, Representative Kaptur has one final gift for the urban agriculture community– on December 8, 2016 Rep. Kaptur introduced H.R.6481, the Urban Agriculture Production Act of 2016.
USDA Announces $5M in Funds for Smart Technology Innovations in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of up to $5 million for research to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and resources through the Cyber Physical Systems program.
NY Awards $27M to Spur Agriculture-Related Industries
New York's Regional Economic Development Council has awarded nearly $27 million to support the growth of agricultural, food and beverage industries.
USDA's Farmer Fair Practice Rules to Cost a Minimal $144M Over 10 Years
USDA has taken the historic step of issuing three rules that will begin to bring some fairness and order to the poultry and livestock industries, with a particular focus on farmers growing under contracts with the big meat and poultry processing corporations.
2016 Farm Sector Income Forecast
USDA's 2016 Farm Sector Income Forecast report.
MN Agriculture Department Awards Funds for Food Study
The MDA recently awarded a grant for a study involving Mankato's site. The hub's former business planner/grants writer Jim Gehrke of Northfield is the recipient of a $100,000 Speciality Crop Block Grant. His grant is part of $1 million in funding designated for specialty crop growers.