Sustainable Agriculture Grants from USDA

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition news regarding USDA Grants For more information on USDA Grants and other programs visit http://www.beginningfarmers.org/funding-resources/ USDA Announces Funding Opportunity for Value-Added Producer Grants On August 15, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced the availability of $14 million in funding  for its Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) competitive grants program.  The Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) can be found in the August 15, 2012 Federal Register.  Applications are due October 15, 2012.  Read more... USDA Approves Ohio Program for Interstate Shipment of State-Inspected Meat and Poultry On August 9, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced Ohio as the first state to receive approval for the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat and poultry products under a cooperative federal-state inspection program created by the 2008 Farm Bill.  Prior to establishment of this Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, state-inspected meat and poultry products could not be sold across state lines.  Read more... USDA Awards Rural Energy for America Program Grants and Loans On August 14, USDA announced the award of nearly $8.7 million in FY2012 funding for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) loans and grants for 106 renewable energy system and energy efficiency projects on farms and rural businesses in 29 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.  Read more...

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