• 08Dec
    New Awards Will Strengthen Farm to School Programs
    Local farmers, food businesses, and schools from 82 farm to school projects across the country received a boost this week with the announcement of over $5 million in funding from the Farm to School Grant Program by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack…Logo
    Organic Plant Breeding Research Grant Announced
    Farmers and consumers alike should be excited about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent announcement that over $6 million will be awarded this year to support research related to plant health and production – including breeding for organic research that is the first step in developing new and improved varieties that farmers need to be successful and meet the growing demand for sustainable food…Logo
    Much Needed Funding Will Support Outreach to Minority and Veteran Farmers
    Farming is a risky business and has become increasingly difficult to enter over the past few decades. However, for the growing number of racially and culturally diverse or veteran farmers and ranchers in this country, starting and managing a successful farming operation is fraught with even greater challenges. That’s why NSAC is excited about the nearly $10 million in federal grants that were announced this week that will support outreach and technical assistance to minority, tribal, and veteran producers…Logo
    Local Food System Community Planning Awards Announced
    On December 3, the White House Rural Council, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, announced 26 communities in 19 states chosen to take part in the Local Food, Local Places Initiative. The new initiative provides technical support to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization…Logo
  • 30Nov

    New York State New Farmers Grant Fund
    The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund provides assistance to new and early-stage farmers and encourages farming as a career path. The fund will provide grants from $15,000 to $50,000 for up to 50% of project costs including, but not limited to, lease or purchase of farm machinery and equipment; construction or expansion of farm buildings or systems; and purchase of supplies such as root stock, seed, and fertilizer.
    Applications must be postmarked by January 28, 2015.

    Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant
    Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant. The grant is open to female farmers, ranchers, and producers in the BRWIA service area in North Carolina and Tennessee. Two grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded.
    Applications are due by December 19, 2014.

    >> More Funding Opportunities

  • 24Nov

    A farmer’s dream come true: land to farm – By Hema Easley, Times Herald-Record

    New Farmer Unloading Vegetables
    CHESTER – Travis Jones always knew he’d be a farmer. During college, Jones worked summers on his father’s land in Blooming Grove. After graduating, he worked full time, dreaming of a time when he could farm his own land. That’s a challenge for farmers who don’t have the resources to buy expensive land. But this month his dream will come true. Together with four other young men and women, Jones will lease 30 acres of land from Chester Agricultural Center, LLC, a group of investors committed to making land affordable and accessible to experienced farmers.
    Read the full article at: http://www.recordonline.com/article/20141117/NEWS/141119400

  • 20Nov

    The ISLAND Farmer Residency Program in Northern Michigan has extended its application due date and will accept applications until we have filled our position. ISLAND’s Farmer Residency Program provides land and a supportive environment for aspiring farmers to become part of the growing local food movement in northwest Michigan.
    Plowing in a green manure crop
    ISLAND’s residency program is new and growing. This first cohort of residents will have the opportunity to influence the development of infrastructure and program support. Read more »

  • 17Nov

    New Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs Helps Distill Farm Bill Resources
    NSAC’s 2014 Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs– a free resource for farmers, conservationists, entrepreneurs, researchers, and rural and urban community groups – is now online!  This comprehensive digital guide offers plain-language explanations of the dozens of federal programs and policies most important to sustainable agriculture and how farmers, ranchers, and grassroots organizations nationwide can access them…Logo

  • 07Oct
    The Margin Protection Program (MPP), established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    MPP, which replaces the Milk Income
    Loss Contract program, gives participating dairy producers the flexibility to select coverage levels best suited for their operation. Enrollment began Sept. 2, and ends on Nov. 28, 2014, for 2014 and 2015. Participating farmers must remain in the program through 2018 and pay a minimum $100 administrative fee each year. Producers have the option of selecting a different coverage level during open enrollment each year.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also launched a new web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the Margin Protection Program that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource is available here.
    The 2014 Farm Bill also established the Dairy Product Donation Program. The program authorizes USDA to purchase and donate dairy products to nonprofit organizations that provide nutrition assistance to low-income families. Purchases only occur during periods of low dairy margins. Dairy operators do not need to enroll to benefit from the Dairy Product Donation Program.
    To read more about the program, visit the USDA website.
  • 16Sep

    Boot Camp for Farmers – Financial and Food Safety Success – Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

    Workshop will be held via webinar: https://connect.msu.edu/upfe/; Webinar is Free, please RSVP below

    Note: If you have not been on an adobe connect webinar before, please use this link to test your internet connection ahead of time:  http://connect.msu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    The U.P. Food Exchange, in partnership with Morse Marketing Connections, would like to invite you to a free webinar to learn about potential ways to grow your business and connect to new markets in the Upper Peninsula.

    Financial and food safety experts will share successful ways specialty crop farmers are opening doors to new markets through improved financial readiness and food safety practices.

    Ann Herrington of Greenstone Farm Credit will be presenting on financial literacy and business planning for profitability.  In addition, the U.P. Food Exchange will provide an update on how to reach new markets and the resources they are providing regarding food safety including the Group GAP pilot.  Please RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014, by calling 906-635-6368 or by contacting walkmich@msu.edu.

  • 11Sep
    Apply Today for the Beginning Women Farmers Training Program in CT!

    If you are a beginning (less than ten years experience) women farmer in Connecticut and you are interested in joining the program, we are now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 session. The training begins in early November and consists of 10 all-day Saturday sessions. The first six are throughout the winter and will be held at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. The four remaining sessions are on on-farm at different locations throughout the state. Click HERE for an online application.

    From a recent graduate:
    All the individuals (peers and instructors/mentors) I have meet during this class have taught me something, and have helped me unearth my own self confidence in myself along with the weaknesses I struggle with. And it feels wonderful to have a small group of people who have a similar mindset or love for farming, the land, and good food. All of this has nurtured the flame and love I have for this life style I live.“-Jessica Kroeber

    The 2014/2015 dates:

    November 1, November 22, December 13, January 17, January 24, February 7, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 2, May 16 (snow date)

    While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program, please contact Deb Legge, Connecticut Co-coordinator or call 203-308-2584. To learn more about the current program, past sessions and Holistic Management International, click HERE.

  • 05Sep

    Promoting Access to Farmland for New and Established Farmers – Webinar

    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014  Time:12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

    Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/529496746

    Join us on September 10th for the fifth webinar in our New England Food Policy series.  In this webinar we will look at policies to address one of the single biggest challenges facing new and established farmers alike—access to affordable farmland.   We will look at state policies around state-owned land and its availability for farmers.  We will examine how some states are promoting land linking, listing and matching efforts, and what USDA programs are available to support these efforts.  We’ll discuss state Purchase of Development Rights programs and how they can be used to expand affordable land access.  We will also consider ways that tax laws, such as current use, might be used to strengthen land tenure, and will highlight Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind Farmland Restoration Program. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf with Land For Good, Cris Coffin with American Farmland Trust, and Kip Kolesinskas, former CT state soil scientist and consulting conservation scientist.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Mac®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
    Mobile attendees
    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

  • 27Aug

    FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program – FSA, USDA

    Low-Interest Loans Can Help Producers Start or Expand Farms

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, (SED) Scherrie V. Giamanco announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 30, 2014.

    Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection. The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.

    FSA encourages all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.

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